Tuscany – Montelupo Fiorentino

by Samuele Sodini

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Typical hande-made plate

Montelupo Fiorentino, is a town on the immediate outskirts of Florence, between Montalbano and the river Arno.
Its location and the presence of waterways helped to develop numerous craft activities, especially ceramics, which reached its greatest splendour in the course of the 15th and 16th centuries.
This art is still alive in the numerous artistic ceramics workshops. Every year in the month of June there is the Festa Internazionale della Ceramica (International Ceramics Festival) where the area’s history and traditions are re-enacted in a series of exhibitions and artistic events. The origins of Montelupo probably coincide with the building of a castle at the end of the High Middle Ages.

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