Accommodation and travel - Prato

Photo taken from street in Prato

Visas

Students attending the Prato Centre in Italy are to organise their own visas according to the Visa and Consular information.

Once you know your travel dates and work out if you require a Visa, it is important to note that - although it says on the Italian Consulate website that it can take up to two weeks to process your visa - students have found in the past  that it can be a lengthier process.  It is therefore recommended that you make your appointment with the Consulate as soon as you know your travel dates.  This will be after you receive your enrolment approval.

Important visa information

  1. In Italy, not maintaining 'correct immigration status' is a criminal offence, this includes overstaying a permitted 90 days in the Schengen area*.

  2. If detected overstaying visitors may be liable for up to a $10,000 Euros fine + up to a 10-year exclusion from the Schengen area.

  3. Students who are eligible for 90 day visa-free entry to the Schengen area (this would include most Australians, unless they have any prior immigration or criminal offences) should insist on having their passport stamped on entry to the Schengen area. Not having a stamp may be an issue if detected upon departure from the Schengen area at passport control, and in the worst case, illegal entry could be assumed.

  4. Students in any doubt about the correct visa they need should check either with the Italian Consulate in Melbourne or the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs websites.

  5. There is an additional step required when in Italy; to 'declare presence' within 8 days of arrival. The Centre website gives further details and Centre staff will give further details in arrival briefings.

  6. After reading the Visa and Consular information please be aware that it is the student's responsibility to book an appointment at the Italian consulate to apply for a visa (if required).  This is not the responsibility of Monash Abroad or the Faculty of Law.

*The Schengen area includes: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Register your trip

It is our suggestion that students travelling to Italy register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before travel.  The registration information provided by you will help find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family emergency. Proceed to registration link.

Travel insurance

All students must obtain travel insurance when travelling overseas to Prato.

Travel insurance information - Monash Law undergraduate students

Monash Law undergraduate students are eligible for free travel insurance through Monash University. Once your Monash Abroad International Study Program application form (ISP Application) has been processed, you will receive your insurance details from Monash Abroad. This form will be sent to you, via email, once you are accepted and enrolled in the program.

See information on complimentary travel insurance.

Travel insurance information - Monash Law postgraduate students

All postgraduate research and coursework students (LLM, Masters and JD students) are covered by the Monash University Business Travel Insurance.

In order to be covered under the Monash University Business Travel Insurance, you are required to complete an electronic application form. Please note that this electronic form is only available online and you will require to complete the form in consultation with the nominated staff member (staff authcate access is required). Further information will be sent to you, via email, once you are accepted and enrolled in the program.

Travel insurance information - Partner university students

Please ensure you have travel insurance before travelling to Prato. You may wish to discuss this with your own administrative convenor at your home university. 

Discussion forum

The discussion forum has been set up for students to email other students attending the program to organise accommodation sharing.

Where to stay

Prato is a major industrial city though its historical centre, where the University is located, is much more a small village where merchants, inhabitants and visitors get to know each other.  Italian rather than English is the major language, though some English and a willingness to understand gestures, simple Italian and obvious requests overcomes the language problem.  Prato has a newly built, fully equipped,  air conditioned library only 10 minutes walking distance from the Prato Centre and students are encouraged to use the facilities offered.  Students will be issued with the new Prato Card which has been established to encourage a positive and ongoing relationship between Monash and the city of Prato. As a student or visitor to the Monash Prato Centre, you are entitled to special discounts and privileges by endorsed venues such as cafès, restaurants, bakeries, food stores, museums and theatres with which Monash Prato has an agreement.  It is our recommendation that students stay in Prato to save travelling time to and from classes, to get the benefit out of the Prato card and to experience the lifestyle of a real Italian village.

Florence  As Florence is a major international city English is widely spoken.  The cultural attractions of the city- its museums, churches, public architecture, concerts, Serie A football etc are well known.  On the downside, there is the additional cost and inconvenience of transport, the overwhelming feeling (eventually) of living in a tourist centre and a feeling of some artificiality. Trains and buses run regularly between the two cities and depending on the route selected, and whether an express service is running, students should allow an hour travelling time to reach the Prato Centre. The Prato campus is a 20 minute walk from the train/bus station.

Accommodation

Accommodation should NOT be booked before receiving confirmation from the Law Faculty that the timetables are finalised as dates and offerings may change.

List below contains some options, further information can be located on this website: http://www.monash.it/en/prato-italy/accommodation

MAGNOLFI NUOVO

Via Gobetti 79 - 59100 Prato 
http://www.magnolfinuovo.it/

Magnolfi Nuovo, a former orphanage, has recently been restored as a cultural center. It is a beautiful historic building that captures the essence of Tuscany. This place has got quiet study spaces, single bedrooms and comfortable communal areas. If you are looking for an accommodation that will help you study more effectively, this is the place for you.


Location

Outside the city walls 
10 mins walk from Monash Prato Centre
5 mins walk from Central Station

Structure

Old building, lovingly restored and furnished 
Single rooms with communal bathrooms shared among three students Shared laundry
Environment conducive to study
Communal kitchen

Building maintenance

Good

Cleaning

Good

Value for money (1 to 10)

9

Facilities

Wi-fi, study rooms, air conditioning. Breakfast included

Reception

24 hours

RESIDENCE ACCADEMIA

Via dell'Accademia, 45, 59100 Prato, Italy
http://www.accademiaresidence.it/

 


Location

2 min. walk from Monash University, Prato

Structure

In the heart of the historic center of Prato, in the quadrangle of the courses that make up the walk of the town, the ' Academy . With the characteristic medieval form, modified and restructured in the course of the centuries, the building was built asancient post of the city.

At the time of the municipalities in medieval Tuscany, the post was the site of the city where the bellboys (today Ponyexpress) came with messages and documents, rested and change horses to start the next day. Over the centuries, the use of the building, which in the meantime grew of rooms and number of plans, hosting changed numerous times over the servants of the neighboring Palazzo Inghirami a note Osteria well as the birthplace of the famous painter from Prato Leonetto Tintori, founder of the school of Vainella.

Today the building renovated respecting the original shape and the use of traditional materials of the time, offers the best hospitality to travelers of our time (for work or pleasure) that happen to be passing by our city.

 

Building maintenance

Good

Cleaning

Good

Value for money (1 to 10)

9

Facilities

Comfortable spacious apartments for 2 or 3 students per apartment.  All apartments have kitchenette, air conditioning, wi-fi, telephone, tv, hairdryer and weekly cleaning.

 

Reception

The reception is not staffed 24 hours but someone is on call 24 hours

 

“RESIDENCE MANASSEI”

Spacious rooms for 2-3 people, many with great views. There is a roof top terrace which is perfect to share meals and admire Prato and its surrounding countryside.  Each apartment has a mini kitchen.

Other facilities: weekly apartment cleaning. Breakfast is not included.
Price includes: lights, gas, water, heating, air conditioning, wifi connection, TV.

http://www.residencemanassei.it/


Location

Old Town 
3 mins walk from Monash Prato Centre
15 mins walk from Central Station

Structure

Ancient building recently restored
Apartments for  two or three students with kitchen

Building maintenance

Good

Cleaning

Good

Value for money (1 to 10)

9

Facilities

Wi-Fi, air conditioning. Breakfast is not included.

Reception

The reception is staffed only during the following hours:
9.30-12.30 and 16.00 – 19.00 from Monday to Friday. Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays closed. Phone numbers are provided in case of need out the receptions hours.

Two areas are under video surveillance for security.

 

“ACCASA ACCANTO AL CENTRO”

“Accasa & Accanto al Centro” rented rooms is located in the heart of Prato, in Viale Piave, between Castello dell’Imperatore and San Marco square.
The rooms (single, double and triple), located on the two floors of a spacious and completely refurbished building, are brightly decorated and have modern furnishings.  Rooms have private bathrooms but no kitchen facilities.
Facilities include: shared kitchen on each floor and laundry, 24 hours reception, regular cleaning service with weekly linen change; wifi connection.

www.accantoalcentro.com


Location

Old Town 
5 mins walk from Monash Prato Centre
5/8  mins walk from Central Station

Structure

Eighteenth century building, recently renovated 
Each apartment has rooms with private bathroom for 1, 2 or 3 students and a shared kitchen

Building maintenance

Good

Cleaning

Good

Value for money (1 to 10)

8

Facilities

Wi-Fi, soundproof glass windows, TV with DVD, air conditioning. Breakfast not included. 

Reception

24 hours. Areas are under video surveillance for security.

 

WALL ART Apartment

The apartments are all tastefully furnished and equipped to offer guests a comfortable stay. They consist of three rooms of 80 sqm (for 3 or 4 students) with kitchen. Facilities include: regular cleaning service with weekly linen change, 24 hours reception, wifi connection.

http://www.wallart.it/


Location

Outside the city walls 
20/25  mins walk from Monash Prato Centre
10  mins walk from Central Station

Structure

Modern  
One, two and three bedrooms apartments

Building maintenance

Good

Cleaning

Good

Value for money (1 to 10)

9

Facilities

Wi-Fi, TV, air conditioning. Breakfast not included.

Reception

24 hours