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Mausoleum of Malaparte

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

With these words, now also engraved in the rock of his tomb, the Prato writer Curzio Malaparte (pseudonym of Kurt Erich Suckert, 1898-1957) left his will to rest here; will that the people of Prato have fully respected. In a panoramic position overlooking the entire Bisenzio valley, the stone monument (1961) with its essential shapes commemorates the origins and life of Malaparte, a multifaceted figure of the Italian and European cultural scene of the first half of the twentieth century. The Mausoleum is located on the top of Mount Le Coste (531 m), called by the Prato people "Spazzavento" for the gusts of north wind that blow on its rocky surface.

Evidence of Malaparte's deep bond with his city are in fact the two engravings found on the stones of the mausoleum, taken from the essay "Maledetti Toscani" (Damned Tuscans), including: "I am from Prato, I'm happy to be from Prato and if I hadn't been born in Prato, I wish I hadn't come into the world. "

The road leading to the mausoleum climbs up following CAI path n. 410 and crosses dense vegetation made up of cypresses and beech, oak and broom woods. Along some sections of the itinerary the view opens onto meadows and slopes, while from the top of the mountain you can enjoy a view that extends across the entire Prato plain. The route begins near Villa Le Sacca, an ancient monastery, later the summer residence of the boarders of the Cicognini College, currently abandoned, that Malaparte well knew.

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  • Monte Le Coste Prato (PO)

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