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Castello dell'Imperatore

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Address: Piazza Santa Maria delle Carceri, 59100, Prato, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 0574 38207
10:00 - 13:00
16:00 - 20:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 13:00
16:00 - 20:00

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Ancient castle

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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Island of Malta, Malta
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Island of Malta, Malta
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 also info boards in English. Some works are being done on one wall.

Thank fjane84
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 of the day was just off but it wasn't. Also one side of the wall... More 

Thank Ilene M
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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493 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Walking from the train station into town, this castle in on the way. A UNESCO site, it is free to come in. The ramparts offer a stunning view across Prato. Well worth the time.

Thank Paul L
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 7 November 2016

We arrived at the fortress excited to see what was inside such a commanding structure - you can see it from a distance and we were looking forward to our visit. When we approached it from one side, we saw a huge staircase leading up to a massive doorway so we ventured that direction but the doors were bolted shut.... More 

Thank DaVinci-Devotee
Gold Coast
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 13 September 2016

If you are in Prato a visit to castle is a must- it has great views out over the city and the surrounding hills. The light at dusk would be great for taking photos- we were there at midday so was also a good photo time

Thank 845lynnetteb
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

when you are there you should see, toscana, walk to inside, some more historical buildings inside...

Thank itravel s
Adelaide, Australia
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

This provide a stunning 360 view of Tuscany from the top. I love looking at different clousters of the many churches around Prato. Climbing up and down could be tricky for the frails as the stairs are uneven and steep. Wheelchair access was there but wasn't working, sadly.

Thank AMG12310
Prato, Italy
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2016

When is possible to climb the stairs to reach the top you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view. It is worth a visit :)

Thank Vittoria C
Plymouth, Michigan
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56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2015

One of the many Castles in Tuscany. If you like castles and their history than visit while in Prato. Various areas in Tuscany is enclosed with a overpowering wall. Good history to research.

Thank Wisdomgal
Prato, Italy
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329 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

This is one of the most ancient castle in italy. It was built for emperor Federico and is a symbol for Prato. Is located in the same place of the church of Santa Maria delle Carceri, another mileston of the treasures of Prato.

Thank sandrociardi

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