Of Roman origins, Faenza is a wonderful city of art whose fame shone in the Renaissance period of the production of ceramics, exquisite craftsmanship, exported to many European countries.
The very name has become synonymous with ceramics (majolica) in various languages among which French (faïence) and English (faience). From the second half of the first century A.D. the city flourished considerably as a result of its agricultural propensities and the development of industrial activities such as the production of everyday pottery and brickwork objects and linen textiles.
The current face of the city was formed in a long arc of historical evolution, enriched over the years by fine architecture, with a strong Renaissance characterization.
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Lovers of art tiles will be enchanted by the works displayed at the MIC, the International Museum of Ceramics, one of the largest and best known in the world, or by visiting the museums dedicated to the great artists from Faenza, Carlo Zauli and Guerrino Tramonti.
Admirers of the Neoclassical period will certainly enjoy a visit to Palazzo Milzetti and tourists who want to delight own eyes with the paintings of the great masters will have to contemplate a move to Municipal Art Gallery.
And then, again, real aesthetic dips in the medieval severity, in the baroque splendor, elegance of liberty, up to the creations of more than 50 ceramic workshops, where real artists perpetuate the tradition that made famous in Faenza world, experiencing at the same time, new forms of expression.
Faenza’s outstanding architectural attractions are concentrated in the two contiguous main squares: Piazza del Popolo, lined by two spectacular double order portico and wings, and Piazza della Libertà. The Palazzo del Podestà and the Town Hall, both of mediaeval origin, stand in Piazza del Popolo.