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Museo di Palazzo Pretorio, Prato
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The Palazzo Pretorio of the Tuscan town of Prato was the old city hall located town center, standing in front of the current Palazzo Comunale. It now accommodates the Civic Museum of Prato, which was reopened on September 2013.HistoryThe main structure in its present form, was assembled during the late 13th century and early 14th century from the merger of three separate buildings, fused to house the local Podestà, the judiciary and Prison. The different building materials, evident from the facade, still allow us to distinguish the outlines of the earlier structures. The oldest part is the tower-house still discernible on the right (13th century), which had belonged to the family of Pipini, with a portico on the ground floor with pilasters of limestone then buffered but still visible. It was purchased in 1284 from the captain of the people of Fresco Frescobaldi to house the municipal government. During the 16th century, the building, including the belltower, collapsed. The restoration added a new bell-tower and crowning crenellations. The interiors were often divided into smaller rooms over time. Towards the end of 19th century, it was proposed for demolition, but by 1909 it was decided to restore the building.The left hand part of the facace and building dates back to the 14th century and has eight elegant mullioned windows and a tabernacle. In this tarbarnacle, until at least 1799, stood a statue of the 14th century Robert of Anjou, once viewed as a defender of the city. Unfortunately, it was he, who sold Prato to Florence, ending the town's independence. From the portal on the ground floor one enters a series of rooms with original frescoes: the earliest frescoes (1307) by Bettino Corsino and later frescoes (1425) by Pietro and Antonio di Miniato. The wide outdoor staircase leads to the main floor.
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  • This museum is really well done, and we were surprised by that. If you are in town I would check it out. The rooftop view is amazing on a clear day! 
  • beautiful palazzo pretorio, a precious collection, special atmosphere. Also in addition to the collection there are always really interesting temporary exhibitions; impressive view of the city from above.
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  • Magnificent museum, recently renovated : newly restored fresco's Interesting masterpieces of Filippo Lippi ( if you had not enough visiting the Duomo...) and some other ancien masters from 1400