'Prato is a fantastic,
well-established small city, the quintessential tuscan town,
wih small streets reminiscent of the heart of Florence.
The people are polite, interesting, entertaining and good
humoured. All afternoon I wandered along streets and squares,
speaking with women and children, glancing inside enticing
gardens and old courtyards, finding the most genuine italian
The Duomo is simple and gracious: the splendid pulpit at the
corner of the facade is of refined elegance, both grand and
(from the diary of Hermann Hesse 20th of April 1901)
to relive the same feeling ...