Venue & Location

Monash University Prato Centre, Italy

The 2nd International Symposium on Proteases and the Tumouri Microenvironment will take place at the Monash University Prato Centre. The Monash University Prato Centre, housed in Palazzo Vaj, is in the centre of the old town of Prato, in the wonderful region of Tuscany, Italy. 

Monash PratoMonash University Prato Centre
Via Pugliesi, 26
59100 Prato

Prato city map

How to get to Prato

Monash University Prato Center is located in the centre of the old town of Prato. The Centre is 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 well connected by train to: 

  • Florence (30 mins)
  • Bologna (1 hour) 
  • Pisa ( 1.5 hours) 
  • Lucca (1 hour)
  • Rome (2 hours)
  • Venice & Milan (3 hours) 

Please use the following link to view train routes and times: 


Florence Airport (Peretola) to Prato will take you approximately 25 minutes by car or 40 minutes by bus. Taxi and bus services both run between Florence and Prato. A taxi fare, one way will cost between 40 - 50 Euro - depending on the time of travel. Bus services are available by either CAP Bus Company, which departs every 15 minutes, located just outside the airport area (located on the main street). You can either purchase your ticket from a newsagency (Tabacchi) or on board the bus. The stop you will need to get off at is called, Via del Ceppo Vecchio, in front of the Lazzeriniana Library. The remaining part of the trip, is in walking distance, please use the following link to view map: Prato city map 


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.


Pisa Airport is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Prato by train. For more information, see the Pisa Airport website


Rome airport (Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino) is 45 minute train journey to Rome Termini train station and then around 2 hours by train to Prato. For more information, see the Rome airport (Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino) and the Trenitalia railway website.


Take the A11 Firenze-Pisa highway and drive 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.

For street maps and route iteneraries, please visit ViaMichelin or Google Maps.


On arrival, avoid standing in a long taxi queue, book your driver beforehand. For a price list and more information please click here.


Prato provides a perfect environment for immersion in Italian language and culture. The province of Prato preserves historic works of beauty, with treasures of the Etruscan, Medieval and contemporary ages, and offers a prized cuisine with many local specialties, like cantucci. 

Capture7Visit the Biscottificio Mattei, where the traditional Biscotti Di Prato are made

Its major sights are predominantly located within the town's medieval walls and in easy walking distance of the Monash Centre. These include a mid-thirteenth century castle built by the Hohenstaufen Emperors, the almost perfectly preserved medieval walls which enclose the ancient city centre, a Romanesque cum Gothic cathedral dedicated to Santo Stefano with an external pulpit by Donatello and Michelozzo, the church of Santa Maria delle Carceri by Giuliano da Sangallo, the well-preserved Palazzo Datini, the late fourteenth century home of the famous 'Merchant of Prato', Francesco Datini, and Palazzo Pretorio the old city hall of Prato. For places of interest and other useful information about Prato, view the Prato city map. For details on local wine tasting tours, please click here.

pratocastleThe city of Prato is an excellent base from which to explore Italy! For further information on Prato, please visit