duomo-prato-ph-pagliaiI am at the major tourism show BIT in Milan and have picked up a brochure I think will be of interest to a lot of people who love shopping in Italy. The area in and around Prato, a town 8km from Florence in Tuscany, is one of the region’s major producers, and these factories are open to anyone interested in purchasing factory-direct. There is fabric and clothing, jewelry, and furniture. I haven’t been yet to check it out because I just heard about it, but you bet I will go as soon as I have a moment (and some money).

As you surely know, Prato is a major producer of cloth, and has an new textile museum. It also has an important Duomo (see photo) that holds the relic of the virgin’s belt, which is brought out in a public ritual five times a year – arttrav was there last summer to record it for you. There’s plenty to see for a day of great shopping and art – read more about prato on arttrav here.

The list is available in this pdf pamphlet or online on the Prato tourism site, click where to shop and select shopping in factory.

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