In a borderland where Mediterranean and Byzantine influences are mixed, Pugliese ceramics are recognized in the world. There are many examples of this noble art that fascinates every year millions of visitors in this land and many people in the world. It is in Puglia that we find the beating heart of ceramics, developed around a fusion of styles. Do not miss this wonderful show and come and stay in Puglia. Check the availability of our exclusive Tenuta Trullo Mastro Francesco, for 8 + 1 persons with heated outdoor pool and private garden, of the wonderful Villa Falgheri, for 6 + 1 people with swimming pool and private garden, and Antica Pietra ideal for 4 + 1 people with private pool and outdoor whirlpool, to experience a magical holiday in the renowned Apulian land!
If you are thinking of leaving for a small holiday in the beautiful Puglia, then, you can not help but stop to learn about the world of crafts and ceramics, between a trip to discover the hidden beautis around Ostuni and the beautiful beaches.
And if we talk about ceramics, we must start from Grottaglie, his hometown, the one in which from the eighteenth century we began to discover what it meant to work the clays and get manufacturing products.
Located on a hill just a few kilometers south of Ostuni, Grottaglie has a fascinating history, closely linked to the conformation of the territory that hosts it and that makes it unique. In fact, the clay soil on which the city stands is at the base of its economy, its structure and its origin.
The name derives from Cryptae Aliae, ie several caves, referring to the rock settlements developed in the area as early as the Paleolithic and justified by the presence of many caves. The Byzantine monks inhabited these caves and frescoed them, while in the year one thousand, the Jews took refuge and started commercial activities. These are just some of the external influences this land has had over the years, making it truly one of a kind.
Beautiful get lost in the alleys climbing on the hill or that descend steeply in the blade, where there are very different workshops, in which the potters work by embossing in ceramics each their own style: those who look more to the tourist market, who the tradition of rustic ceramics and in common use, who, however, looks to the future and produces real masterpieces of art of the highest level.
Impossible not to take away a souvenir from this singular city: the most representative and likeable is certainly "lu pumu", the small ceramic pot of many sizes and colors that is often found at the corners of the city's balconies. Il Pumo is a wonderful, small concentration of tradition, art and poetry!
Do not miss this wonderful show and come and stay in Puglia. Check the availability of our exclusive Tenuta Trullo Mastro Francesco, for 8 + 1 persons with heated outdoor pool and private garden, of the wonderful Villa Falgheri, for 6 + 1 people with swimming pool and private garden, and Antica Pietra ideal for 4 + 1 people with 2 wonderful private pools (large and small), to experience a magical holiday in the renowned Apulian land!