Bits of history
The origins of the city of Faenza, crossed by Via Emilia, are Romanic. While not much is left of the Medieval period, only some important buildings as S. Ippolito, S. Maria Foris Portam and S. Maria della Commenda; the most relevant traces are left by the brilliant era of the Signoria dei Manfredi.
The reconstruction of the Cathedral in 1474 marked the beginning of a florid period, much connected to Tuscan Reinassance art. Artists such as Giuliano and Benedetto da Maiano, Donatello, Della Robbia family, Biagio D’Antonio of Florence and many more, moved to live in Faenza. The Baroque period gave life to todays visual image of the city: the structure of the two main squares with the fountain, the clock tower, loggias and porticoes of Municipal and Podestà palaces.
Almost every conventual church was rebuilt according to late Baroque style, and so happened to many nobility houses.
Extremely rich was the Neoclassical rebirth of the end of XVIII century: witnessing this artistic fervor were Giuseppe Pistocchi, Giovanni Antonio Antolini, Felice Giani, Gaetano Bertolani, Gianbattista and Francesco Ballanti Graziani, Antonio Trentanove and Pietro Tomba. Palazzo Milzetti is the perfect emblem and representation of Neoclassicism in Romagna.
Faenza city of ceramics
Ceramic in Faenza boasts an ancient tradition, which continues to be the most important expression of craftsmanship and industry.
The city, thanks to its geographical position that makes it a perfect halfway between Padana and Tuscan cultures, made itself an important ceramic center since the Middle Ages.
The fame of these Faentine product is known all over the world, through the French name of Faenza: Faience.
The International Museum of Ceramics finds its natural collocation in Faenza.