The province of Prato is located in the northern Italian region of Tuscany. The capital city of the province, also called Prato, has been inhabited since Paleolithic times and has been quite important historically, having been ruled by many different populations. This rich history has led to the presence of quite a number of important historical and artistic monuments within the city. For example, visit the Cathedral, built in the 12th century from a local type of white and green marble, and the very imposing and impressive Castello dell’Imperatore, built in 1240 by Frederick I of Hohenstaufen. Head out of the city to visit the other towns of the province, equally rich in history. Stop by the town of Poggio a Caiano, where you can see the Villa Medicea, one of the Medici villas constructed at the end of the 1400's. Other Poggio a Caiano sights include the Medici stables, constructed in the 16th century, and the Church of Santa Cristina in Pilli, built in the 11th century.
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