Castello dell' Imperatore (Castle of the Emperor)

Frederick II of Hohenstaufen had this powerful castle built in 1248 in order to reinforce the position of the Ghibellines in Tuscany and form a fortified post on the road linking the two parts of his territory: the Germanic Empire and the Kingdom of Sicily. The building, which was much modified in the 18C and restored in the 20C, is crowned with typical swallow-tailed merlons.

Useful information

Address:

Piazza Santa-Maria-delle-Carceri, 59100 Prato

Phone:

+39 0574 38207

Price:

free of charge

Opening hours

Apr-Sep: daily except Tue 10am-1pm, 4pm-7pm; Oct-Mar: Fri 10am-1pm, weekends 10am-1pm, 2pm-4pm

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