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Industrial heritage outside and inside the walls

In the textile district of Prato, there is a vast industrial heritage characterized by buildings of great architectural value, evidence of industrial archaeology, and people who have contributed to enhancing it with their work. This tourist itinerary takes you to discover the city's industrial architecture in a journey of about one hour and a half, from Officina Giovani to Beste Hub.

South to North:

The tour starts from the restored city slaughterhouses, headquarters of Officina Giovani, a multifunctional space for exhibitions, concerts and shows. It is a place where creativity finds full expression, as demonstrated by the murals created by young emerging artists that decorate the surrounding buildings.

Not far away, you will find the buildings of the Former Lucchesi Wool Mill and the Marco Lucchesi "Vivere in Tessuto" company, with contemporary art exhibitions and a historical archive. Both are adjacent to the ancient fourteenth-century walls.

In the City Centre:

Visit the Campolmi complex, home of the Textile Museum, with the largest national textile collection. The museum is located in the former Cimatoria Campolmi, an example of industrial archaeology.

To the North:

Along Viale Galilei, you will find the former Calamai's Sons Wool Mill, now a student residence. This 1924-31 building was one of the largest textile mills in the area, which now houses a DEM mural along the avenue.

Conclusion:

The tour ends at the former Affortunati wool mill, home of Beste Hub, with the opportunity to experiment and purchase high quality garments completely Made in Prato at the company store. Shopping in factory in Prato is an experience not to be missed!

N.B.: The visit to Lucchesi is by appointment and, before going, you must check the opening hours of the Beste Hub shop.

On foot: 1h 30 min

By bike: 30 min

Information

  • Involved Municipalities: Prato