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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  • Visited the Palazzo one day arrival in Prato. In the Museum of Palazzo very intelligently distributed floors under the relevant themes: Here you and the legacy of the Etruscans, and sculpture from the late Middle Ages, and different leading artists from Tuscany, and religious paintings Lippi. There is one floor of the very interesting portrait of one of the brothers of the Medici, its worth a look carefully and read the annotation to the portrait. The mysterious death of the Medici with his wife occurred in precisely those edges of Prato-Villa a few miles ... Me all together were impressed that for a long time and recommend you!
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  • The Museum is well organized and allows you to know the entire history of the city. Contains many paintings of three, five and six hundred of Tuscan painters. You can also climb to the top to see Meadow from the bottom (and Florence and Pistoia in the distance). A museum to visit to see Meadow which, although not famous like Florence, Siena or Pisa, remains a beautiful Tuscan city (even less crowded with tourists btw).
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  • well-tended little Museum the exhibits are well placed and harmonize with the beautiful building, many pratesi should know
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  • Beautifully restored palazzo, great collection, well curated, excellent signage in Italiand and English, top view from the roof. Whats not to like.
  • We had a meeting there. The building was really impressive with the walls painted with murals.
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  • All stand in line at the Uffizi, while painting the same artists and sculptures of the same artists can be seen in the Museum of Prato and with terrace to see the whole city and the beauty of Prato. Silence, 4 floors of fun and jump the queue. Entrance 8 euros and train ticket from Florence 2.60, 20 minutes to go, all beauty.
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  • Very interesting visit. Inside beautiful paintings and once at the top you can enjoy a breathtaking view
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