This festival, now in ist 26th year, will take place in Montelupo Fiorentino from June 15th to 17th, and which offers exhibitions, meetings and demonstrations that are based around a very old factory in Montelupo Fiorentino.
Traces of ceramic workmanship date back to the 12th century, but it was from 1400 to 1530 that Montelupo worth its immense fortune as the ceramic production centre of Florence. The Medici, Strozzi, Peruzzi, Pandolfini, Pucci, Machiavelli, Corsini and Minerbetti families competed against one another to own a dinner service with their coats-of-arms, plates with their heraldry or pieces in majolica made in Montelupo.
The finished products were then sold in the Mediterranean basin and even further afield. In 1600 the plague and economic decline slowed down the production, which became a minority for years until the beginning of the 20th century when Montelupo revived its former splendour with the historic Fanciullacci factory. Artists and designers of the calibre of Ettore Sottsass have worked for this enterprise.
Ceramics is still an important sector for the town’s economy today, although the crisis has also had an effect here and many companies have seen a sharp decrease in orders.
On show are products from all the companies that manufacture or sell finished items guaranteed by quality markings.
The ceramics festival is above all a time for fun, a chance to admire the master craftsmen at work, to buy finished products in the open-air ateliers or to
sit down and enjoy a traditional dish in one of the many food points.
This is a good time to discover a town, approx. 45 minutes drive from the Agriturismo I Pitti trough a very enchanting landscape, which offers lovely corners and monuments of a certain importance, and a very beautiful new Ceramic Museum.
Ceramic Festival in Montelupo Fiorentino June 15-17, 2018
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