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Collegio Cicognini, facade
Collegio Cicognini, facade - Photograph by Antonio Tomasi

Cicognini Convitto

The birth of the boarding school was determined by the legacy - left for the education and upbringing of young people - from Prato's canon Francesco Cicognini. Founded starting from 1692 by the Jesuits in the ancient site of the abbey of San Grignano, the eighteenth century building was designed by Giovan Battista Origoni who got inspiration from the architectonic types of the Lombard institutes. The grand and scenographic facade, which dominates the square, ends at the top with a small bell gable. Later transformations were carried out by the Architect Giuseppe Valentini at the end of the eighteenth century.
Inside it is possible to visit, on request, some rooms reserved to the boarders: the chapel, the refectory with the frescos of Giacinto Fabbroni, the visits room and the theatre. Among the famous students of the institute we mention Bettino Ricasoli, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Curzio Malaparte, Cesare Guasti, Tommaso Landolfi and Giuseppe Mazzoni. Now the boarding school is home of a primary school, middle school, high school and European school.

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