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Address: Via Mazzei 33/Via Rinaldesca, Prato, Italy
15:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 12:30
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 12:30

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a wonderful museum for understanding the history of the textile trade in late medieval Europe

This museum presents a lucid perspective on the history of the textile trade in medieval Europe - based on the trading records of Francesco Datini's company (he died in 1410). The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This museum presents a lucid perspective on the history of the textile trade in medieval Europe - based on the trading records of Francesco Datini's company (he died in 1410). The records were discovered walled up under a staircase, and they afford extremely interesting insights into the commercial history of the late Middle Ages. (Comparable work based on trade records... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

The beautifully decorated exterior gives you an indication of the huge wealth of its former owner, Datini. But don't leave it there step inside and discover the amazing story of this 14 th century entrepreneur who also donated substantial amounts of his money to the poor- the house itself is free, part of Datini's legacy, but you can leave a... More 

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Monte Di Procida, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

Palazzo Datini is the ornately decorated house of Francesco di Marco Datini, a merchant who, having been born in Prato, returned to make himself a home. The house, which is free to visit, reminded me of Roman houses, with their murals depicting nature. This warm and lively style of design is a far cry from the bleak stone walls we... More 

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Ortignano Raggiolo, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016

I had seen the outside of this building in the morning and it intrigued me. Why was it painted? And why was the structure different from the neighboring ones? So I decided to visit it in the afternoon, especially because there was no entry fee! I have definitely been very satisfied with my choice because this well-preserved residence is filled... More 

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Prato, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

The history of Datini is incredible like the discover of his archive of the 13th century. The extraordinary archive Datini was walled in a stairwell into disuse and was found only in the nineteenth century. It was a sensational discovery, the richness, the completeness and the state of conservation. In this museum you can see most of the archive.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2015

it is just overwhelming of the history, the artifacts, and sheer beauty of the artworks. A hidden gem in Prato.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2013

The pleasure of reading Iris Origo's fascinating book The Merchant of Prato will be enhanced by visiting the Palazzo Datini where he lived. Trouble has been taken to display such things as trade routes and his domestic life, which all add to the story you have read.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

I wish I'd lived in this house ! Built in 1300s, it has lots of paintings all over the walls, lovely courtyard and hall/entry; and history of the merchant and his business empire. Free entry, English guide information available.

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