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Communal Palace

The Communal Palace of Prato is situated in Piazza del Comune, in front of to Pretorio Palace. The Piazza is practically the geometric center of the city, beyond that its political center, because the Communal Palace and the Pretorio Palace had always accommodated the offices of the government of the city. The Communal Palace was realized connecting different buildings. Currently it is the Town hall; inside, there are magnificent frescoes of the end of the 1300's and wooden furnishings dated between the 16th and the 19th century, and, moreover, a big collection of paintings: the Quadreria (Picture gallery).

On the Piazza there is the Fountain of the Bacchino, built between 1659 and 1665. The work is of the sculptor Ferdinando Tacca, that made the bronze figure of a young Bacchus (Bacchino) surrounded by bunches of grapes. The youth and the cheerfulness of Bacchus had to mirror the city renewal. Today the original sculpture is in the hall of the nearby Communal Palace, while in the fountain there is a copy of the 20th century.

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