In the heart of Prato’s historical center, stands the Accademia, nestled within the city’s most frequently strolled streets. Constructed in the characteristic Medieval style, the building has been modified and restructured throughout the centuries.
In Medieval history, when Tuscany was divided into several city-states, it served as the antica posta or place where messengers (similar to those working on the pony express) arrived, bearing official messages and documents. These hired travelers would change their horses and rest there until their departure the next day. The building’s function changed many times over the centuries as its structure was continuously modified and enlarged. It hosted the servants of the neighboring Palazzo Inghirami, a well-known porterhouse, and was the birth-place of one of Prato’s most famous painters, Lionetto Tintori, founder of the Vainella school.
Today, the building has been restructured to reflect its original conformation, using traditional materials from the area. It currently offers the highest level of hospitality to modern day visitors who come to our city for business and pleasure.