The Banti Sanatorium is a hospital building located between Pratolino and Montorsoli close to Florence, Italy. It is considered one of the most interesting examples of hospital architecture of the twentieth century in Tuscany .
Opened in the early 1930s, the Banti Senatorium closed down and was abandoned in 1989. The paint has peeled off the walls, the only occupants are the souls of those left behind.
On June 2nd 2012 we went there for a visit.
Chinese Remake the ‘Made in Italy’ Fashion Label – New York Times
PRATO, Italy — Over the years, Italy learned the difficult lesson that it could no longer compete with China on price. And so, its business class dreamed, Italy would sell quality, not quantity. For centuries, this walled medieval city just outside of Florence has produced some of the world’s finest fabrics, becoming a powerhouse for “Made in Italy” chic.
And then, China came here.