The wool industry in this city, one of the world's largest producers of cloth, was famous throughout Europe as early as the 13th century. Business was further stimulated in the late 14th century by a local cloth merchant, Francesco di Marco Datini. One thing that distinguishes Prato from other Italian towns of its size is the presence of modern public art—most notably Henry Moore's enormous marble sculpture Square Form with Cut in Piazza San Marco. Most of Prato's major museums are closed Tuesday.

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