Palazzo Vai is located in the heart of the medieval centre of Prato, a 15 minute walk from the main train station Prato Centrale and a 5 minute walk from the secondary station Prato Porta al Serraglio.
Take the A11 Firenze-Pisa highway for approximately 8km (5min) and exit at Prato-Est. After the tollgate, keep to the left and head in the direction of Vaiano-Vernio for approximately 3km (4min) going through two underpasses. After the second underpass, turn right into Via Carlo Marx and continue straight towards the centre of Prato passing through three sets of traffic lights. Enter the city walls at Via Frascati and continue straight until Piazza dell’Imperatore (you will see a castle). Turn right onto Viale Piave where you will find metered (paid) streeting parking. There are larger parking bays in Piazza Mercatale and in Via Arcivescovo Antonio Martini.
Prato is a 25 minute train ride from Florence, approximately 50 minutes from Bologna and 1.5 hours from Pisa. There are two train stations operating in Prato: Prato Centrale and Prato Porta al Serraglio. The train station closest to the Monash Prato Centre is Prato Porta al Serraglio and is less than a 5 minute walk. Train timetables are available online on the Trenitalia website.
Prato can also be reached from Florence by bus; the CAP bus company operates the Prato-Florence line and departs 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. Bus information is available on the CAP website.
Florence airport (Peretola) is approximately 25 minutes by car or 40 minutes by bus to Prato. Taxis and regular bus services run between Prato and Florence airport. A one-way taxi fare from Florence airport to the Monash Centre can cost 40-50 euro. Alternatively, there is a bus service operated by CAP bus company, which departs every 15 minutes, located just outside the airport area 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, just before the castle (Castello dell'Imperatore), then continue on foot for a further 3 minutes. Major airlines operate out of Florence airport including Alitalia, British Airways, Air France, and Lufthansa.
Pisa airport is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes to Prato by train, or 70 minutes by Terravision bus to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station, Florence. Note that you need to change train twice when arriving from Pisa airport to Prato. Low cost airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet operate from Pisa airport.
Bologna airport is a 30 minute bus or taxi ride to Bologna train station. From there, it's a 50 minute journey on a regional train to Prato.
Rome airport (Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino) is 45 minute train journey to Rome Termini train station and 3 hours by train to Prato (involves three train changes).