The town of ceramics with an international vocation.

The main feature of Faenza is ceramics and this is pretty clear already from its name: as a matter of fact, in the main European languages, Faenza is translated with “Faience”, which means glazed terracotta…as the ancient Romans put it, we can say that “nomen est omen”, that is “the name is the sign”!
For all those skeptical about ceramics, for all those who think that ceramics is just something boring, like teacups and mugs with the Royals’ portraits…our modest suggestion is: come to visit the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza and you will discover that ceramics is far more than tiny cups and plates. Ceramics can be provocative (especially if it is moulded by unconventional artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, or Henri Matisse), unorthodox (see the sphero-conical earthenware vessels that date back to the VIII century AD and were probably used as grenades) and mysterious (such as the pre-Columbian terracottas used in Central and Southern America for different kind of mysterious rituals).

Anyhow, ceramics is only a part of the precious heritage of this beautiful town: don’t miss to visit the extraordinary “Palazzo Milzetti”, a XVIII century private home of a rich, local family. This Palazzo is considered the best preserved and comprehensive neoclassical building of the region: its austere and elegant architecture, the exquisite frescos and the harmonious designs of the furniture make this place one of the most fascinating in Emilia Romagna.

A pleasant walk around the most historic part of the town – Piazza del Popolo and Piazza della Libertà – will give you the chance to discover the Renaissance heart of Faenza, namely the Cathedral, the ornamental Fountain, the Clock Tower and the two main palaces, the Manfredi Palace and the Podestà Palace.

HD tours:

  • International Museum of Ceramics, walk in the centre (Piazza della Libertà and Piazza del Popolo), visit to a ceramic studio
Palazzo Milzetti, walk in the centre (Piazza della Libertà and Piazza del Popolo), visit (indoor) of the Cathedral
  • Walk around the historic part of the town with a special focus on the main Renaissance and Neoclassical buildings: Cathedral (indoor) and Palazzo Manfredi, or Palazzo Laderchi (indoor); Palazzo del Podestà, the ornamental fountain and the Clock tower (outdoor); visit to a ceramic studio.

Faenza is literally surrounded by vineyards. Chardonnay, Pinot, Trebbiano, Cabernet, Sangiovese, but also Centesimino are the most typical wine productions of this area. Some wines have received very important international awards in the last years and it is really a pity leaving Faenza without tasting them at least once. So, if you have the chance to spend some extra time beyond your cultural visit, we strongly suggest to book a visit to one of these wine producers and give you some time to hear their stories: every vineyard is not only a place to go to work, but a kind of “body” that must be treated well, nursed and cured.

Full day tours:

Can be a match of the tours n° 1, 2 and 3. Otherwise, you can match an half -day tour in Faenza (usually, the morning) with an half-day tour in the nearby Brisighella (13 km from Faenza).