August 18, 2009, 12:35 AM
Prato - is Merchant of Prato's house open?
I've looked on a number of sites for Prato, but haven't been able to find out if the house of the Merchant of Prato is actually open to the public as a museum?
Does anyone know?
August 20, 2009, 11:53 AM
Yes, Palazzo Datini is open to the public!
I found some information on the Palazzo Datini, which is where the rich Merchant of Prato Francesco Datini lived, but nothing clear about visiting it (it houses State Archives now), so I contacted the official tourism board of Prato to request further information. This is what I got:
The Palace is open to the public:
from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm and from 3:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m , Monday through Friday
from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm on Saturday.
Closed on Sunday and festivities.
On August the palace is open only in the mornings.
Entrance to Palazzo Datini is free.
Hope this information is useful!
August 21, 2009, 02:17 AM
Great info - thanks
Thank you for going the extra mile ( or kilometre, assuming you are in Italia). I think you qualify as "super sleuth."
I don't know if you have any interest in late medieval things, but Iris Origo's book (non-fiction) "The Merchant of Prato" is full of details of daily life and of the character of Datini himself who was a bit eccentric in some ways. I'm really looking forward to seeing his house. His huge archive is there, but I'm not sure what else.