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Palazzo Datini, Prato

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  • Interesting museum about the life of the inventor of the invoice. Aufschlußreich.Mitten in the heart of the city near the Cathedral.
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  • The beautifully decorated exterior gives you an indication of the huge wealth of its former owner, Datini. But don't leave it there step inside and discover the amazing story of this 14 th century ent...  read more »
  • Francesco Datini was a large (unknown to most) characters from the 14th century Tuscany and Prato in particular; rich merchant is thought to have been the inventor of the so-called "letter of Exchange" (comparable to modern Bill of Exchange) and the cheque, as well as the modern way of using the books. At his death he left almost entirely its economic assets to relief organizations (he came up with the idea and the first funding for the construction of the Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence). Today his house in Prato has become a House-Museum which houses about 160,000 letters Datini wrote and received during its commercial life and are part of the monumental archive (visits only by scholars) while visitors can admire some of the rooms that were part of his daily life. The visit is certainly interesting, as well as for decorating different rooms, even for the many panels that illustrate the life of the Datini: together represent a fascinating journey that brings to life the story of this merchant of Prato. The entrance to the House Museum is free and, as often happens, is due to the work of volunteers if you can see this piece of history.
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