Faenza

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Beautiful city of art, has been renown since the Renaissance for its production of ceramics. The name of the town itself has become synonymous with majolica ware in many languages, like French ("faïance ") and English ("faience"), to remind us of the importance all over Europe of Faenza, still at the forefront in the industry of this sector.

The Faenza majolica

The historical production of Faenza majolica ware is recognised as one of the highest moments in artistic creativity in ceramics. Now, the art of ceramics can be experienced in the beautiful International Museum of Ceramics, housing one of the most interesting existing collections, with examples from all over the world and of every historical period. The collection ranges from classic amphorae to the modern works by Chagall and Picasso, with a rich section for the ceramics of Faenza made during the Renaissance. In September and October, international events for artistic ceramics, both modern and ancient, attract artists, collectors, and ceramics enthusiasts in Faenza.
In addition, dozens of artistic craftsman workshops, still trading, give the chance to purchase unique pieces of work, which cannot be found anywhere else.

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What to see

In the old town centre, Piazza del Popolo and Piazza della Libertà, two squares completed during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance are flanked by important buildings, like the Cathedral dating from the 15th century, the monumental fountain, the Town Tower of the 17th century. The 12th-century Palazzo del Podestà and the ancient Palazzo Municipale, where the Manfredi lords once resided. In the Corte della Molinella, close to the squares, there is the Teatro Comunale Masini, a masterpiece of 17th-century Faenza. There are many interesting religious buildings, dating back from the Middle Ages, among which stands out the complex of the Commenda in the Corso Europa, one of the oldest hospitalia (apartment set apart for guests) of the Knights of Malta, recently restored to its former 15th century beauty.
Palazzo Milzetti in via Tonducci is considered by many one of the highest expressions of the Neoclassical architecture in Italy: It houses now the Museo nazionale dell’Età Neoclassica (National Museum of Neoclassical Age) in Romagna, with valuable tempera paintings by Giani.

Around Faenza:

Outdoor lovers can enjoy the several excursions available to Karst area of the Parco della Vena del Gesso (Gypsum Vein Park) to discover the extraordinary morphology of dolinas, gorges and potholes. Also worth experiencing, the guided tours of the Parco carsico della grotta Tanaccia (Karst Park of the Tanaccia Cave) and of the Parco Naturale del Carnè (Natural Park).

www.terredifaenza.it
www.venadelgesso.org