Answer to: Just another mystery travel photo

Because I always assume my readers are a bit like me, and tend to forget stuff, here is the recent photo to refresh your memory.


That fellow was enjoying a time of meditation and hope on the banks of the Bisenzio River in Prato. Prato is a city of about 190,000 in the Tuscany region of Italy. It’s about 30 minutes by train to Florence, so that was convenient. 

An article from 2020 comments: “In the Tuscan city of Prato, Italy, there are nearly 5,000 workshops run by Chinese entrepreneurs turning out cheap clothing for the fast-fashion companies of Italy and Europe. Many of these workers sleep in their factories and work more than 14 hours a day under sweatshop conditions.”,71607

So, not the most pleasant of cities to live in, perhaps. 


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13 responses to “Answer to: Just another mystery travel photo

  1. I knew Italy was dealing with declining birthrates and was running out of ‘Italians’ but I had no clue the Chinese were moving in on Italy’s fine history in textiles and fashions.


  2. Thank you for the reveal…but wowza! Very sad, indeed. 😦

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  3. Prato it is indeed! I remember that wall – and the grass. Shocking article. We no longer buy Chinese, but it leaves very little choice – especially since I’m such a fashion icon.

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  4. Jane

    What a sad story! We spent a night in the old part of Prato several years ago and I was fascinated by the area around the Duomo (as you recall that wonderful balcony, for showing off the Virgin’s belt). China is really getting it’s hands into everything!

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  5. I’ve never heard of Prato, yet it’s a very big city. Time we went on a holiday to Italy. 🙂

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  6. Thanks for the answer, but boy! That article was an eye-opener.

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