FAENZA - a city of ceramic, renaissance and neoclassicism
Tour guide services/sample itinerary:
3 HOUR TOUR
Faenza, a city known all over the world for its ceramic production so that the term Faïence
has become synonymous of ceramic in various languages.
Faenza is also an elegant town that since 1300, thanks to the local powerful family of the Manfredi, was embellished with monuments and palaces that still have kept their charm.
Our tour begins with a pleasant walk in the historical center, which will surprise you for the variety of its buildings: the adjacent Piazza del Popolo and Piazza della Libertà, the political and religious center of the town, form what can truly be considered one of the most beautiful squares of Italy. Here we will admire the exterior of the palaces of the Podestà and the Capitano del Popolo, with the characteristic facades with a fifteenth-century loggia, and the Cathedral, built by Giuliano da Maiano, that has typical forms of the Florentine Renaissance.
Among the noble palaces that give prestige to the historical center, not to be missed is Palazzo Milzetti (end of 18th century), with its halls beautifully decorated with silks, stuccos, and frescoes and furnished with period furniture: the Palace is considered the most complete example of Faenza's neoclassicism.
6 HOUR TOUR
A 6-hour tour includes the morning activities described above.
The afternoon is all focused on the world of ceramics, and it includes an in-depth visit of the MIC - International Museum of Ceramics: with more than 15,000 ceramic works it is the largest collection in the world of this ancient art. In its rooms, it is documented the culture of ceramics spanning five continents and many centuries: from Classical Greece to Islamic and Pre-Columbian ceramics, from the Italian Renaissance to masterpieces of contemporary artists such as Picasso, Chagall, and Matisse.