Grottaglie

About 20 miles southeast of Taranto is Grottaglie, which is the biggest center in Pugliese ceramics production. The town derives its name from the numerous grotte or caves in the region. In these caves, the local population took refuge from the Saracen invasions in the 10th century. Later, in the 13th century, the urban center…

Caltagirone

Caltagirone is an ancient town that extends across the top of three hills in the middle of Sicily. Archeological research conducted in the area uncovered remains of Pre-Hellenic and Hellenic pottery. This discovery is especially noteworthy in a particularly beautiful vase with red figures, now at the Museo Regionale Della Ceramica, depicting a ceramist using…

Santo Stefano di Camastra

The town of Santo Stefano di Camastra was founded in 1683 after a terrible landslide and flood destroyed the previous inland settlement of Casale di Santo Stefano. A local landlord, Giuseppe Lanza Barresi, Duke of Camastra, supervised the construction of the new Baroque urban center, located on the Tyrrhenian coast of Sicily at the base…

Gubbio

Gubbio has a long history. It was already occupied during the Bronze Age. Federico, the Duke of Montefeltro, immortalized in the famed portrait by Piero Della Francesca, was born in the town in the 15th century. He commissioned the building of the most notable of the town’s many exquisite buildings, the Palazzo del Consoli. The…

Deruta

Deruta is one of the most famous, if not the most famous, of the many Italian ceramic centers. It sits on top of a hill that emerges from the middle of the Tiber Valley, just south of Perugia. Today, most of the ceramic studios are found in Deruta’s more modern area, which is at the…

The Chianti Region

The Chianti Region is primarily famous for its homonymous wine, for the striking allure of its landscape, the proximity of Florence and Siena’s hugely important cultural centers, and the many culinary treasures. Relatively recently, there has been a new reason to visit Chianti. Several small ceramic producers have relocated to the region. We are proud to…

Montelupo Fiorentino

Montelupo Fiorentino is a tourist destination for all who seek hand-painted Tuscan ceramics. It is the center of Italian pottery, or maiolica, production in the region and has been since before the Renaissance. Montelupo is located at the Pesa and Arno rivers’ confluence, just a few miles west of Florence. The area is rich in…

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