Castelli ceramics: the exhibition of ancient pottery from Abruzzo


Looking for a trip out of town?
The ancient town of Castelli  (province of Teramo, in Abruzzo) is included in the list of the hundred most beautiful historic villages and towns in Italy and it is easily reacheable from from Rome via the A24 (exit at S.Gabriele-Colledara). Its famous ceramics are exhibited in many museums of the world, for example the Metropolitan Museum (New York City), the Louvre Museum (Paris), the British Museum (London) and the Ermitage  Museum (St. Petersburg). Castelli ceramics will be also admired by visitors through an exhibition in the  “Palazzo municipale dell’artigianato”: an old pottery factory located in the center of the town of Castelli (Salita Paradiso n.13.)
Castelli ceramics is the main tourist attraction and during the exhibition you can admire, amongst other important ceramic works, tiles from the famous ceiling of the church of San Donato (16th Century).


Ceiling of the Church of San Donato (photo from

The exhibition also works of the most famous ceramists of Castelli, who lived in the historical period from the early 16th Century: the Pompeiis, the Gentiles, the Grues and Fuina Cappelletti, potters who made famous in the world name of Castelli.
Another meeting will be held in Teramo  (Pinacoteca Civica di Teramo, Viale Bovio n.1) where he made a major exhibition on the history of Castelli ceramics. This is a great step forward for the famous collection “Matricardi”, largely composed of unpublished works, of great historical and scientific value. This collection is a documentation of the Castelli ceramics  productions spanning the period from the early 16th Century, in which this country has excelled in the world, collecting pieces of high quality and of great historical and scientific value. The exhibition “Ceramiche di uso e popolari” , held simultaneously in Castelli, presents ceramics  above the 19th Century, from local collectors, and will mean a historical continuity with the collection displayed in Teramo and that takes into account a historical period up the dawn of the 19th Century.
It will be possible for visitors, a few kilometers away, to get the complete idea of ​​the history of majolica castle, even the formerly rather neglected because, mistakenly, believed to be minor.

This second exhibition, additional exposure of Teramo, will open July 21 and will close September 30, 2012.



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