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Extraordinary opening of Palazzo Vai

On 21-22 March 2015 the Monash Prato Centre will open its doors to the public on the occasion of the "Giornate di Primavera".

Giornate di Primavera is a special annual event organised by FAI, Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano, the National Trust of Italy. It is a non profit-organisation whose purpose is to protect and enhance Italy's natural and artistic heritage.

During this special event, scheduled on the first days of spring (21 and 22 March), historical buildings which are usually closed to the public are open. The Monash Prato Centre has adhered to this initiative by opening the doors of Palazzo Vai, considered one of Prato's most prestigious private buildings.

Pratomusei card launch

A new initiative to enhance the city's cultural offering

The Monash Prato Centre is delighted to host the press conference for the launch of the new Pratomusei card on 19 March.

Possessors of the card will have unlimited access to the four principal museums of the city - the Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art, the Textile Museum, Palazzo Pretorio Museum and Musei Diocesani - as well as free use of public buses and discounted rates at selected hotels, restaurants and businesses.

This initiative will be launched at the presence of the mayor of Prato, city councillors and representatives of all the partners involved in the project.

Executive short courses in 2015

The Monash Prato Centre is pleased to offer two executive short courses in 2015.

The Monash University Prato Centre is pleased to offer two executive short courses in 2015.

Doing business in the EU, 20-24 July 2015

This one-week intensive course will provide you with an understanding of the political, economic and social environment in which businesses operate in the European Union.

Facilitator: Dr Paul Kalfadellis, Monash University

Teaching in Prato: a life changing experience

An official welcome to one of the most successful Monash programs in Prato

In January 2015, the Mayor of Prato, Matteo Biffoni, and the Australian Ambassador to Italy, the Honourable Mike Rann, welcomed to the city of Prato the first group of Monash students from the Faculty of Education before they started their school placements.  This special event was held in the Sala Consiliare at the Comune di Prato​, in the presence of more than one hundred local students and teachers​, who were keen to meet ​our students and start working with them.

Second round scholarship applications now open

MADA students at the Biblioteca Lazzini in Prato.
The Italian Services Institute is offering up to 10 scholarships valued at $4000 each for eligible Monash students who plan to study in Italy in 2015.
Eligible Monash students are now able to apply through second round offers for a travel bursary to study at the Monash Prato Centre, Italy, in 2015, thanks to a donation by the Italian Services Institute.

5th European Music Tour, Mon 19 Jan, 7pm

Students from Westbourne Grammar School from Melbourne, Australia will be performing in concert Monday, 19 January at 7pm.


Monash University Prato Centre

Palazzo Vai, Via Pugliesi 26 - Prato

Salone Grollo
Free entry

Monash University Prato Centre is delighted to host a performance by students from Westbourne Grammar School, Melbourne, Australia.

Monash Prato Centre Christmas-New Year closure

Closure dates over the 2014-2015 Christmas-New Year festive period.

The Monash University Prato Centre will be closed on the following dates over the Christmas-New Year festive period:

  • 24th to 28th December 2014 inclusive
  • 31st December 2014 to 4 January 2015 inclusive
  • 6 January 2015

During this time if you have an urgent enquiry please email

We take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and enjoyable festive season and we look forward to seeing you in 2015!

2014 Visual Resident artists Pat Foster and Jen Berean connect Prato to Melbourne

Foster& Berean present their new work Nuove Tendenze at Neon Parc in Melbourne


As a conclusion of their Visual Residency Program at Monash Prato Centre, visual artists Pat Foster &Jen Berean are presenting their new work Nuove Tendenze at Neon Parc in Melbourne, on Thurs 20 November at 6pm.