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Post by jordan144 on Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:01 pm

Hi, i would like to move to Tuscany in the future and i would like to know what people think of the city Prato? 

I like it because it's a short ride to Florence but i only can find a few pictures of this city, but the ones i have found make the city look really nice but as we all know pictures can be deceiving.

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Post by ghiro on Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:29 pm

Hi jordan 144 - and welcome!

Are you thinking of moving to Italy to work or to retire (or something else)?
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Post by Flip on Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:35 pm

Hi Jordan. Prato is like many other Italian Cities with lots of new industrialised areas and old town, it is also the centre for the Chinese manufacturing industry of clothes, bags etc. I would not say Prato is picturesque but it has a lot of character.
If you have time you could explore the city using Google Street View which covers every street in the City.
Like any big move I would say rent an apartment or villetta in the town and see how you like it and the people.
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Post by stevegwmonkseaton on Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:24 pm

Where do your family originate from?

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Post by Gala Placidia on Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:30 pm

As Flip said, there are nice areas in Prato, but also quite awful ones. There are quite a few great Tuscan towns within easy reach from Florence. But I will also add that Florence is great to visit, although I would not live there. It all depends on your personal circumstances...
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Post by jordan144 on Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:02 pm

Sorry for the late replies been away and had bad connection, i play to go there for Holidays was in the thinking of co-buying a place with a few friends and using it as a holiday place with us each spending a few months a year there, but this won't be for another few years.

Some of my Italian side of the family was born in Prato which is why i would like to move there it's also a short trip to Florence.

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Post by sebastiano on Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:37 am

you're not of chinese origin are you? it's not just a rhetoric question but Prato over the last twenty years has become the largest chinese comunity in the country...and i don't mean a china town area..but the whole place..very different tothe place your forefathers left..make a visit before deciding anyway.
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Post by sebastiano on Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:47 am

sebastiano wrote:you're not of chinese origin are you? it's not just a rhetoric question but Prato over the last twenty years has become the largest chinese comunity in the country...and i don't mean a china town area..but the whole place..very different tothe place your forefathers left..make a visit before deciding anyway.
i just checked as impressions can be misleading on a total population of around 180.000 Prato has a resident foreign population equivalent to over 15% of the total,the majority of chinese origin followed by albanians and rumanians.There are plenty of services available.Personally i think there are nicer places not far from Prato still within reach of Florence
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