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Lanificio Forti in La Briglia

In 1882 the Forti Israelite family moved to the Bisenzio Valley in the immediate outskirts of Prato, where they transformed an ancient building (first mill, then converted into a paper mill and finally transformed into a copper refinery). in a modern textile plant, which grew rapidly, becoming a full-cycle factory, employing up to 1500 workers, coming from distant areas as well. In the early 20th century, around the factory, houses for workers and employees, schools, a theater and other cultural, recreational and welfare facilities were constructed, forming an interesting example of a factory-city.
The place, still a proof of an enlightened textile entrepreneurship, is in a state of degradation, even as a result of the damage suffered during World War II. It can be visited only on the occasion of events or exhibitions.

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