Give Prato A Go (August/September 2020)

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2020 issue of Dream of Italy. Iris Origo’s 1957 work The Merchant of Prato: Daily Life in a Medieval Italian City at times paints a rather bleak picture of the townspeople. Early in the text, scholar-biographer Origo quotes an unknown 14th-century Pratese gentleman’s reflective writings upon returning from time spent in Padua and Ferrara: I…

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