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Mausoleum of Malaparte Follow the CAI 410 and 412 paths to reach the mausoleum on the summit of Spazzavento, a tribute from the city of Prato to the great writer

The Mausoleum of Curzio Malaparte, pseudonym of Kurt Erich Suckert (1898-1957), stands in a panoramic position on the top of Mount Le Coste (531 m), known as Spazzavento, due to the intense gusts of north wind that blow on its rocky surface .

"...and I would like to have the tomb up there, at the top of Spazzavento, to raise my head every now and then and spit in the cold gorge of north wind."

With these words, also engraved on the rock of his tomb, the writer from Prato, a multifaceted figure and undisputed protagonist of the Italian and European cultural panorama of the first half of the 20th century, expressed his desire to rest in Spazzavento, a wish fully respected by his fellow citizens.

The mausoleum, testimony to Malaparte's deep bond with his city, features two engravings on the stones, taken from the essay Maledetti Toscani (Damned Tuscans). In addition to the one already mentioned, we find: "I am from Prato, I am happy to be from Prato and if I had not been born in Prato I would like not to have come into the world."

To get to the monument there is a path called Malaparte Route: this winds through two main paths that lead to the stone monument, with its essential shapes.

From the southern side, the CAI path 410 (from Villa Filicaia car park in Santa Lucia) crosses dense vegetation of cypresses and beech, oak and broom woods. Along the route, views of meadows and slopes open up, until you can enjoy the panoramic view of the entire Prato plain from the top of the mountain.

From the northern side, the CAI path 412 (from La Collina di Prato), which can also be reached from Canneto, offers another access to the mausoleum, immersing us in uncontaminated nature and allowing hikers to appreciate the beauty of the region.

Information

  • Monte Le Coste Prato (PO)

  • Opening time: always open

  • Ticket: free entrance

  • Accessibility for disabled: no