Monash University Prato Centre
Palazzo Vaj Via Pugliesi, 26 59100 Prato Italia
The Monash University Prato Centre is located on the ground and first floors of the elegant 18th century Palazzo Vaj on Via Pugliesi in the historic centre of Prato. See the Centre's exact location (Google Map).
Prato, in northern Tuscany, is close to several of Europe's most significant cities and institutions -- thirty minutes from Florence and the European University Institute in Fiesole, one hour from Bologna -- home to Europe's oldest university, two hours from Rome, and three hours from Milan. Florence airport is a fifteen minute drive away, where short flights can be taken to most major cities in Europe. Prato is on the major north-south railway line in Italy which links Rome with Milan, Turin, Munich and beyond.
Getting to the Monash University Prato Centre The Monash University Prato Centre, housed in Palazzo Vaj, is in the centre of the old town of Prato, only two minutes away from the city's cathedral and walking distance from both train stations (Prato Porta Al Serraglio and Prato Centrale). Prato is 25 minutes from Florence by train.
Prato city map (pdf, 1 page, 372kb)
On foot Palazzo Vaj is located in the heart of the medieval centre, a 15 minute walk from the main Prato Centrale train station and a 5 minute walk from the smaller station Prato Porta Serraglio. See maps.
By car Take the A1 from Florence, follow indications for the A11 at Firenze nord take the exit at Prato est, head towards Prato-Vaiano-Vernio-Castiglione della Pescaia-Montemurlo-Questura. Exting the pay toll station take the central, upper lane which turns into Viale Leonardo Da Vinci. Shortly after the second roundabout turn right into Via Carlo Marx which becomes Via Don Giuseppe Arcangeli and then Via Frascati. Turn left into Via San Jacopo. Turn first right on Via Dante which ends right into Piazza Santa Maria Delle Carceri. Pay parking is available there. Walk to Via Pugliesi.
For street maps and advice on driving routes visit either the ViaMichelin or Google Maps.
By train Prato is a 25 minute train ride from Florence. Train timetables are available online at the Trenitalia website.
By bus Prato can also be reached from Florence by bus; CAP and Lazzi buses depart from outside the main Florence train station. If arriving at Prato Centrale railway station, you can take the LAM bus
'Direzione Nenni' to Piazza delle Carceri, bus stop 'Carceri 2', located 200 metres from the Monash Centre. By air Arriving from Florence
Florence airport is approximately 25 minutes by car or 40 minutes by bus from Prato. Taxis and regular bus services run between Prato and Florence (Peretola) Airport. A one-way taxi fare from Florence airport to the Monash Centre can cost between 40-50 euro. Alternatively, there is a bus service either by CAP or Lazzi bus-company, which departs every 15 minutes, located just outside the airport area: the stop is located on the main street. Tickets can be purchased either from a newsagent ( Tabacchi ) or on board the bus. To arrive at the Monash Centre you are advised to get off in Via del Ceppo Vecchio, in front of the Lazzeriniana Library (Biblioteca Lazzeriniana); then continue on foot following the directions of the map (see link above). For more information, see the Florence (Peretola) Airport website.
Arriving from Pisa Pisa Airport is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes from Prato by train, or 70 minutes by Terravision bus from Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station, Florence). For more information, see the Pisa Airport website and the Terravision bus website.
Arriving from Bologna Bologna Centrale station is approximately 1 hour from Prato, the Bologna Airport is an additional 30 minute bus or taxi ride. For more information, see the Bologna Airport website.
All these airports have services for Italian and European connections.
Prato city map (pdf, 1 page, 372kb)For street maps and route itineraries visit the ViaMichelin or Google Maps.