Estates: La Rocca di Montemurlo, Prato, Italy

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When I was in Florence, I found out about a series of free tours of Prato, a neighboring area in the region of Florence, which was aimed at promoting the area as an alternative sightseeing destination to the often-overcrowded Firenze. One of the places we went to was a cute hilltop estate called La Rocca di Montemurlo, in Montemurlo, Prato.

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Our bus was too big to go up the steep roads to the estate, so the organizers actually partnered up with the commune’s emergency services (the misericordia) so we were driven up to the estate in ambulances. It was a bit of a slow process just because they had 2 ambulances that could only take a handful of people at a time, and there was a giant bus full of us. But I applauded their creativity and especially the community participation. Talk about team spirit!

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This view ❤

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This is the private villa at the top. We were given access to the garden, which was also really beautiful.

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The stuff of fairytales

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I want a mini private forest too

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The estate was also hosting a wedding reception at the time, so this would also make for a great little wedding location!

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To visit, check out if thatsprato.com is still offering the free tours

Architecture in: Prato, Italy

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Prato, Firenze, Italy. September 2014.

Went to Prato on a school field trip to the Museo del Tessuto (textile museum), snapping photos along the way. Prato is a sub-commune of Florence, and is a less dense, quieter neighbor just 20 minutes away by train.

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Street Art Snaps: Prato, Italy

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Prato, Firenze, Italy. September 2014.

Prato, a sub-commune of the province of Firenze, is a quiet, quaint neighbor with a lot of charm (and apparently the largest and oldest Italian ‘chinatown’ is here? I haven’t seen it, so.)

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I like that they made the street sign blend in with the street art

Museums: Museo del Tessuto (Textile Museum) – Prato, Italy

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Prato, Florence, Italy. September 2014.

Prato is the textile center of Italy, and this museum, while small and almost modest from the outside, houses a lot of treasures for those who are into history and period fashion and whatnot. The photo above is a fancy man-purse such as the likes that might have been used by the wealthy Medicis. The circle pattern in the fabric is supposed to denote gold coins = wealth.

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There are just crazy gorgeous textiles everywhere, from different periods in Italy, especially from the Renaissance.

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Here, they reproduced exactly the fabrics featured in some notable paintings