Region: Tuscany
Sat, February 16


chiantiback

Cost: 85€

Discover the roles that the Tuscan cities of Pistoia and Prato have played over the centuries in the design, development, and manufacturing of Italian products. As two of the major towns in Tuscany, the history of Pistoia and Prato is strictly connected to that of Florence. Both cities are rich with medieval and Renaissance history. The cities still possess well-conserved historic centers characterized by abundant art, monuments, churches, and palaces, and are both known for typical local products. In Pistoia, the production of light industry (furniture, food, footwear, textiles, and mechanical products) has its roots dating back to the 16th century. Prato, the second largest city in Tuscany, is historically renowned for its textile industry. Prato is also home to the Textile Museum boasting samples and documents dating from the 5th century to the current day.


Itinerary: 

Early departure from Florence to Pistoia. Walking tour of the city center and guided visit of main sights. Free time for lunch in Pistoia, then transfer to Prato. Guided visit of the city center and of the ‘Museo del Tessuto’ (Textile Museum). Tasting of local products such as ‘peschine’ will also be a featured part of the day. Time to work on FL assignment and free time. Return to Florence in the early evening.


The activity includes: 

  • Round-trip transportation 
  • Entry fees and guided visit of selected sites
  • Field learning staff on-site
  • Product tasting
  • Insurance

The activity does not include: 

  • Meals not listed above
  • Entrance fees or costs associated to sites/activities visited on own 


Learning outcomes:

  • Assess the importance of textile production in specific Italian areas;
  • Identify the historical turning point of textile production in Italy;
  • Recognize the artistic styles, construction techniques, and materials of the Middle Ages in Tuscany;
  • Assess the achievements of Renaissance architecture outside Florence;
  • Familiarize with the history of two minor towns in Italy: Pistoia and Prato;
  • Trace the origins of many aspects of Western European culture and of modern Western society in general;
  • Place artworks and other archaeological evidence in the context that created them;
  • Gain a broader knowledge of food and products that are unique   to the Italian territory, history, and culture;
  • Increase critical thinking, especially in relation to the role tourism plays in marketing the history, food and culture of Italy;
  • Develop team-building and collaborative skills;
  • Increase awareness of cultural similarities/differences.


Payment deadline: 
Wed, February 13


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