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Avila College Italian language and culture course

Eighteen students from Melbourne are immersed in Prato life.

From 19 to 23 September eighteen students from Avila College in Glen Waverley eagerly took part in an Italian language and culture course held at the Monash University Prato Centre. The accompanying teachers from Avila College describe what a wonderful success the course was in this beautiful reflection of the week: 


FareArte guided tour of Palazzo Vaj and garden

A unique opportunity to see inside Palazzo Vaj, the home of the Monash University Prato Centre

The grand Palazzo Vaj, owned by the Associazione dell’Arte della Lana (Association of the Wool Guild) and now hosting the Monash University Prato Centre and the Palazzo delle Professioni di Prato, will open its doors to the public today, Friday 23 September at 5pm.  The Associazione Culturale FareArte, who have held their secretarial activities within the building for years, will run this special guided tour. 

Participation is free.

The First International Conference of Cultural Linguistics

The 1st ICCL a great success.

The First International Conference of Cultural Linguistics took place at the Monash University Prato Centre from July 20-22, 2016. It constituted the inaugural conference of a series of national and international conferences of Cultural Linguistics in the years to come. More than 100 participants from over 33 countries and from 5 continents helped to make the 1st ICCL a great success and milestone establishing Cultural Linguistics as an independent field of linguistic enquiry.

Wesley College Musical Performance

Wesley College European Tour Ensemble stops in Prato

All the way from Melbourne, making stops across Switzerland, the UK and Italy, The Wesley College European Tour Ensemble will hold one of their few Tuscan performances right here at the Monash University Prato Centre.  

On September 12 at 12pm the talented group of 14 students from Wesley College Music School will perform an eclectic mix of jazz, swing, klezmer, rock, pop and musical theatre.

A public lecture by Sarah Dunant - Getting under their skins: History, fiction and art

Join us for this public lecture by international best-selling author Sarah Dunant on Wednesday 7 September at 6pm.

In this sumptuously illustrated lecture*, Sarah Dunant, international bestselling author of the Italian Renaissance shares the secrets of her trade. To recreate the past as a living, breathing place, Sarah has visited churches, archives, museums and art galleries all over Italy.

Living Spaces Prato

Short films about Prato made by Architecture students from Monash University.

After a 5-week study program in Prato, Monash Architecture students, with a final collaboration with Design students, worked on on film making, under the guidance of lecturers Cameron Rose and Jacqui Alexander. Through exploring the streets, living like a local and discovering what can be considered the beating heart of the city, the students used their experiences to guide the full film making process, from idea through to final production.

Summer closure period

Please note the following closure period during August at The Monash Prato Centre:
  • 6 – 14 August - closed to visitors
  • 15 – 21 August - closed

The Centre will re-open Monday 22 August.

Monash Prato wishes you a happy and safe summer break and we look forward to welcoming conference delegates, students and teaching staff soon after we re-open.

A cherished experience in Prato

Last week of classes for students at the Monash Prato Centre.

Over the months of June and July about 180 students from different Monash Faculties and partner universities attended units at the Prato Centre to study a wide range of subjects: Arts, IT, Business and Economics, Design and Architecture.