Destination Guide: Faenza
by A Marr & Associates Media
Next for our destination guide is Faenza in Italy and its world famous International Ceramic Museum.
The city is located at the foot of the Appennini hills, half way between Florence and Venice; both easily reachable by bus or train.
As a city, Faenza has rich culture, great food & wine, and many opportunities for an escape into nature in a stunning part of the country.
This huge museum is home to a stunning collection of Italian Renaissance ceramics as well as contemporary ceramics from around the world; including Islamic, Chinese and Japanese pieces. In the museum exhibition halls ceramic productions from all ages are presented beautifully: from ancient pieces found in Mesopotamia dated back to 5th millennium B.C. up to contemporary masters such as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Fontana, Burri and more.
The architecture of the building is equally marvellous and guests can spend hours weaving through the collection – you’ll be surprised at what’s hidden in this little town’s main attraction.
What to do:
This mystical 18th century palace is well worth a visit and they offer a free audio guide so you can learn all about this awe-inspiring building. It is a architectural phenomenon in a town of decorative delights.
Next on the list should be this museum; most famous for its own cutting-edge culture projects. Named after artist Carlo Zauli, the centre teaches the development of ceramics in contemporary art.
In the mornings, the market fills up the square with stalls selling clothes, toys and souvenirs. In the evenings it buzzes with people tying out the restaurants and bars – you can’t go wrong with a glass of wine and some pasta or pizza!
Away from the imposing buildings and busy piazzas, if you’re looking to get a step closer to nature head to this reserve. Ducks, rabbits and peacocks reside amongst the trees in this beautiful park making it a great day out with children.
Where to stay:
For plenty of ideas for accommodation, whatever your budget, have a look at the website.
How to get there:
Airport – Faenza is located about 50 km east of Bologna and is well connected to the airport either by car (Motorway A14 – exit Faenza – 30-40 minutes drive) or by train (many trains run daily between the two stations which take 30-40 minutes)
Faenza Railway Station – situated in Piazza Cesare Battisti
Being a completely flat city, the best way to see the sights is by bike which can be rented in hotels or in the Town Hall.