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Museo della Ceramica di Montelupo Fiorentino

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The Museum of Ceramics in Montelupo houses the testimonies of the ceramic production of the area that was one of the most important manufacturing sites not just in Italy, but of the entire Mediterranean basin. Started during the 13th Century and mainly focused on the manufacturing of majolica (glazed ceramic), the local production found two main opportunities to further develop in the conquest of Pisa (1406) that opened an access to the sea to the Florentine goods, and at the same time because of having to compare with the Spanish ceramics - mainly produced in the Valencia area - that forced Montelupo to improve the quality of its manufacturing. The collections of the Museum of Ceramics in Montelupo are composed by about 3,000 restored majolica pieces, 1,050 of which are on display, and from a very large number of fragments. Almost the entire collection comes from archeological digs made in the ancient dumping grounds of the furnaces, found in large quantity within the historic center of Montelupo. The numerous majolica pieces discarded because of manufacturing defects have been patiently restored in more than 30 years of activity and represent the most important nucleus of the Renaissance collections (1450-1530) of the Museum of Ceramics. Thanks to this precious container, Montelupo can in fact document better than any other place, the activities of its Renaissance ateliers. Besides the pivotal Renaissance collection, the Museum of Ceramics seamlessly extends its exhibition to the second half of 1500s, to 1600 and up until the end of the following century.
Entrance to the Museum is free on the first Sunday of the month.
Full € 5,00;
Reduced € 4,00: over 65; groups from 15 to 35 ppl,
Special Tickets - Reduced €3,00: groups minimum 35 ppl with a teacher or a guide. University students with valid University ID

From Tuesday to Sunday 10:00AM-7:00PM.

Open 10:00AM-7:00PM :
November 1st, December 8th, December 27th, January 6th,
Open 10:00AM-2:00PM: December 24th, December 31st
Closed: December 25th, December 26th, January 1st

Services inside the museum: Coffeeshop, Bookshop, Tourist information, Library, Reading Room, Audiovisual Room, Educational Room, itineraries for visually impaired, educational consoles and itineraries for children. Itineraries in Italian and English. Audiovisual itinerary in Italian.