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DISCOVER ITALY: THE CERAMICS OF VIETRI

posted by on October 20th, 2013

All the colours of the Amalfi Coast, the sea’s deep blue, the striking green forests and the golden orange of the citrus groves seem to meet up in Vietri, particularly in the glazes and decorations of this gorgeous Campanian town’s beautiful ceramics, produced since 1600.

Vietri has been famous for its majolica for centuries, and these splendid materials even cover the altars, cupola and the cusp of the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist.

Walking Vietri’s lanes is a series of continuous surprises, and it becomes the routine to see many a building decorated in the local tile, as the 1600s Arch-Confraternity of the Annunciation and of the Rosary, the interior of which was frescoed in the 18th Century.

In Vietri the colours of the ceramics’ varnishes and shellacs blend amazingly well with the natural scenery, as can be seen in the tiled walls (both exterior and interior) of the houses, or inlaid in the roads and alleyways of this old borgo.

Vietri and other nearby historic centers make for a spectacular open-air museum, with numerous workshops exhibiting and selling ceramic, plates, glasses, plaques and tiles, as well as many other objects.

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