Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Faenza - home of ceramics

Next stop was the small town of Faenza, about 25 miles southeast of Bologna. It has origins that date back to the time of the Roman Empire and was the site where Totila defeated the Byzantines with his Ostrogothic army when the Roman Empire finally collapsed. Today it is famous for its ceramics, an art that dates back to the Middle Ages.

Alex walking down one of the main streets to the piazza.

One of the ceramic shops. All of this was made in the shop. We saw the owner painting pieces as we looked around.

Pretty impressive plate.

This shop was owned by a man named Antonio who again, was responsible for shaping, glazing, and painting all the merchandise in his shop. He specialized in this blue and white design, laced with gold.

The main fountain in the piazza which dates back to the 17th century.

An interesting picture of a burbling lion, silhouetted against the sky.

I suppose someone blipped on the translation, it should be salon not saloon.

This is Piazza del Popolo. The arches were the entryways to lots of small boutiques, selling ceramics, clothes, handicrafts, candles, and more.

The Tuscan church with its very unattractive facade. The marble covering that was supposed to be added was never done for some reason. Built in 1517, it houses many Renaissance pieces of art.

The interior of the Cathedral. Somewhat plain, but still attractive.

And lastly, a nice, large statue of St. Anthony, very well done.

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