11 Facts About Prato


Prato is a city and comune in Tuscany, Italy, the capital of the Province of Prato.

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The textile district of Prato is made up of about 7000 fashion companies, obtaining around 2 billion euros from exports.

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Archaeological findings have proved that Prato's surrounding hills were inhabited since Paleolithic times.

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In 1326, in order to counter the expansionism of the Republic of Florence, Prato submitted voluntarily under the seigniory of Robert of Anjou, King of Naples.

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The severity of the sack of Prato led to the surrender of the Florentine Republic, and to the restoration of the Medici rule.

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In 1653 Prato obtained the status of city and became seat of a Catholic diocese.

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Prato has a humid subtropical climate which has sunny hot summers and cool damp winters.

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City of Prato has the second largest Chinese immigrant population in Italy .

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Dialect from Prato is very similar to that of Florence, but it has its own peculiarities.

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Prato is home to many museums and other cultural monuments, including the Filippo Lippi frescoes in the Cathedral of Santo Stefano, recently restored.

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City of Prato is crossed by two railway lines: the Viareggio-Florence Railroad and the Bologna-Florence Railways.

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