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The province of Prato

Prato is the smallest province of the region. Yet, its capital of the same name is the second largest city in Tuscany. Besides, Prato is the youngest province as it became a separate administrative unit only in the year of 1993.

Prato has been developing as an industrial area since the Middle Ages. Nowadays, the city produces famous textile and woolen fabrics of the highest quality. The production is of great help to many famous designers all over the world. The fabrics and goods made of them make the city one of the most popular shopping centers. Yet, the city of Prato attracts not only by the stores, but also by its cultural sites.

Unlike its neighbor provinces, Prato isn't crowded with numerous tourists, so you can take advantage of Tuscan natural beauty and cultural sites, and spend a vacation in quiet provincial atmosphere. You are not likely to meet any grand architectural monuments here, but towns like Cantagallo, Carmignano, Montemurlo,Vaiano and Vernio are going to charm you by their unique atmosphere anyway.


The city of Prato appeared, as most of the Tuscan large settlements, at the time of the Etruscans, but the first record of it dates back to...


The Festival of the Thrush in Montalcino 2012
The festival of the thrush or Sagra del Tordo is held in the old Tuscan town of Montalcino on the last October weekend. Thousands of tourists go to Montalcino while the festival. If you want to see the festival of the thrush, you should take care of accommodation in Montalcino in advance. It’s better to come a bit earlier for the festival. On the day of the competition, you will have to leave your car far away in the valley and walk a couple of kilometers up. Don’t forget to ask your landlords to help you buy tickets for the ceremonial dinner and the tournament.
Tuscany: Gastronomic Festivals in October
Towns and villages of Tuscany hold various gastronomic festivals regularly from May to October. These events are dedicated to some product or dish typical for this area. Usually such festivals are organized on days-off. Sometimes they last for a couple of weekends. Fairs are often combined with diverse entertainment program. The October of 2011 offers a number of gastronomic events in Tuscany.
Tarot Garden
The Tarot garden as a work of art is a combination of landscape design, sculpture and architecture. The garden is located on the southern slope of the Garavicchio hill in the Tuscan Maremma, a few kilometers away from the town of Capalbio. The Franko-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle created it.