Prato is a city in Tuscany, famous for a number of reasons. Prato is Tuscany’s second largest town after Florence, and home to Tuscany’s textile industry since the Middle Ages. Some of Prato’s more famous sights will already to familiar to you if you have read glossy holiday guides to Tuscany, as the hexagonal Centro Storico and the Cathedrale di Santo Stefano often grace the front covers.
There are many impressive sights to see when you visit Prato accommodation. The cathedral and the Centro Storico are both well worth investigating, especially for the amazing frescos that adorn the interior of the cathedral. The Palazzo Pretorio and the Castello Imperatore, which houses two museums to opera and local art, are excellent places to explore within the village, and anyone wishing to further explore the roots and history whilst on a Prato visit must head for the town’s Textile Museum, which documents the rise of the town’s most important industry. After a great morning or afternoon visiting the tourist things to do in Prato, there are a great range of shops, restaurants and bars in which to relax and sample some of the finest of Tuscan cuisine.
Surrounding Prato are a vast range of rural landscapes. The mountainous Bisenzio Valley offers those on a Prato visit the chance to walk, ride and mountain bike in some of Tuscany’s most iconic landscapes, whilst the rolling hills of the Montalbano Plane is a wonderfully gentle cycle touring route. The medieval roads of Prato are still clearly marked, and when you visit Prato properties, many of the most famous walking routes into the hills and mountains of the Prato region exactly follow ancient road ways. There are a huge range of excellent routes to follow from Prato, especially those leading into the Rio Buti.
A holiday rental villa in Prato is just 17 km from the centre of Florence. The town is wonderfully connected to the rest of the Tuscany, and once you have enjoyed a good selection of the tourist things to do in Prato, the countless attractions of Florence, Siena and Lucca are extremely easy to access from Prato accommodation.
Temperatures are wonderfully mild in Prato. Conditions feel like summer from the beginning of May until late September, with walking, riding and sightseeing holidays absolutely thriving between these times. July and August can become exceedingly hot, with temperatures routinely soaring into the mid 30’s (?C) during the midday heat. Even during the winter months, a holiday rental villa in Prato is an excellent getaway, as you would be unlucky to experience temperatures of less than 10?C.
Florence’s Peretola Airport (FLR) is just 20km from a villa rental in Prato. There are regular, direct flights from London Gatwick arriving into Florence on a daily basis, but taking a hire car from the airport is advised if you are to really get the most out of this part of Tuscany.