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Castello dell'Imperatore

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Nice but fast to see and visit. Emperor castle is historical site of the town. Near other site. S... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Massimo S
Prato, Italy
via mobile

Walked past this place several times during our stay lovely old caste and the city has a matching... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2018
Martino B
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a city well known for its present and even more past role, as center of the textile industry (Prato was also called "the Manchester of Italy") this castle, along with other architectural jewels, helps to remind us that Prato is still a municipal city...More

Thank Brun066
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Nice but fast to see and visit. Emperor castle is historical site of the town. Near other site. S Francis church and duomo place must to visit

Thank Massimo S
Reviewed 15 June 2018

The Castle is very historical and can only make me wonder what happened there in its time. Now it is beautifully presented and hold events often. At night time it is lit up and bright white! A sight to behold

Thank Tyler H
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Walked past this place several times during our stay lovely old caste and the city has a matching wall all around it

Thank Martino B
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

The walls are being repaired so you cannot go up into the tower or walk around the top level until Mid to late May 2018. It is worth a quick visit to see the shell of the 1200AD castle that was never finished.

Thank RMYardley
Reviewed 15 April 2018

Castello dell Imperatore in Prato is unfortunately only an empty shell. It looks just like a Hollywood medieval castle with its square towers and high walls, and it really adds to the look of the area. Entrance is free.

Thank Morten R
Reviewed 23 December 2017

the castle is perfect. it is beautiful and you can visit it. it is a castle rich in history and it is well preserved. it is one of the symbols of the city of Prato.

Thank Maria Elena F
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Incredibly old, this beautiful Castle was built during the 12th Century and one of oldest (if not THE oldest) in Italy for the Emperor of Sicily at the time - Frederick II and was never finished. Work stopped when the Emperor passed away and although...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

This castle was built in the mid 1200s but never fully completed, only the outer walls and towers. It is the only example of Swabian style architecture in North central Italy. Although empty inside it is an impressive building and free to enter. There are...More

Thank fjane84
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I thought we were gong to be able to go to the top for views of the city. It was blocked off and all you were allowed to do is walk around the grassy interior. We even checked back later to see if the time...More

Thank Ilene M
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