5 Hotels in Faenza, Italy
Faenza is a beautiful town in the province of Ravenna, set in the heart of Romagna region, at the foot of the mountains. The city is known throughout the world for the production of ceramics, whose tradition originated in the twelfth century. Nowaday there are more than 60 artist's workshops and the city often hosts international handicrafts events, which attract a large number of visitors. But Faenza isn't only ceramics. The historic centre is a small jewel with palaces and churches that are splendid examples of Renaissance style in Romagna.
Faenza has Etruscan origins but was an important Roman colony that was developed through agricultural and textiles production. After a period of decline the city found prosperity starting from VIII century. The peak was reached in the fifteenth century, during the rule of Manfredi family, when products of the ceramics were exported throughout Europe. After a short Venetian domination the city became part of the Church State. The appearance of the old town is a result of various historical events and was enriched over time with buildings of great value.
The center of Faenza is Piazza del Popolo which is lined by magnificent arcades. Here there are the Palaces of Podestà and Municipio, both dating back to 1200. Nearby is Piazza della Libertà where lies the Cathedral, in typical style renaissance. Also worth visiting the Pinacoteca, which collects works by famous artists, such as the rare wooden statue of St. Jerome made by Donatello. But the main tourist sight is sure the Museum of Ceramics, with works of various historical periods coming from all over the world. In particular there are masterpieces by artists such as Picasso and Matisse.
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Longitude:11° 71' 0'' E (11.883333)