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Grottaglie city of Ceramics

Grottaglie has its origins in the green and spectacular canyons that surround it, on an area marked by the presence of ravines, on the sides of which many caves have been excavated. From the land, the city seems to have drawn the art that has made it famous in the world; around the precious old town, in fact, characterized by winding streets and houses from low vaults, extends the "ceramics district", creative forge of refined terracotta works. They continue to turn the lathes in the more than 50 workshops in which the generations of artisans have always followed each other giving life to dishes, pottery, holy water bowls, ladies and knights, and the famous "pomes" of glazed ceramics, symbols of the grotesque figure art. A unique scenario in the world: in the moat of a castle of 1400, for hundreds of years, artisans potters shape and decorate the clay. The shapes and colours of the craftsmanship have also given a face to the saints in the patron celebrations in honour of Saint Cyrus and in the lighting of the great pyre on January 31, the bonfire that burns in memory of the martyrdom of the patron saint of Grottaglie.