The new Museo Ceramica Montelupa opened in its new premises this month (November 2008) and, if you are interested in ceramics and ceramics history, is absolutely wonderful.
Majorlica ceramics are famous the world over, and Montelupo was one of the most famous centres of ceramics production in Italy between the 14th and early 17th century. There are particular styles of ceramic painting that took place in Montelupo that were specific to the area, and they seemed to specialise in middle class ceramics, rather than the high end lusterware of places like Deruto.
The museum of ceramics has three floors of fabulous pre 1700 ceramics, all very beautifully displayed. There was interesting information and displays on the history of ceramics in Montelupo.
Entry to the museum costs 4 euros or you can buy a combined ticket to it and the archeological museum for 6 euro.
Over the last few years we have expanded the range of our courses to include short programs and courses with various finalities in order to respond to the demands which have been made from time to time. We have also organized evening courses for people working in other sectors but who would like to give ceramics a try; there are courses for updating teachers who work in elementary, junior and senior high schools teaching technical subjects. There are also courses for tourists who would like to spend a vacation in a different way.
In all cases we are pleased to say that all participants have declared themselves highly satisfied with their experience at our school, not only because they had the opportunity to take home some beautiful objects of their creation, but also because they discovered themselves much more interested in real artistic ceramics.
The major part of the student body attending our courses are in fact students, who, having attended one of the above mentioned schools, have to face a job market without a specific specialization.
For this reason our courses are not aimed at creating works of art per se, but rather aimed at transmitting all the knowledge which is vital to make the students as autonomous as possible, hence allowing them to deal with all aspects of this marvellous art.
This doesn't however mean that in order to be accepted to our courses it is necessary to have completed any specialized schooling. Our programs are designed to train anybody who wants to do ceramics, and have them reach a good level.
Piazza dell'Unione Europea 33/34, Montelupo Fiorentino, 50056, Italy
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via Roma 3, Montelupo Fiorentino, 50056, Italy
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Via S Allende 97 A, Montelupo Fiorentino, 50056, Italy
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Via San Vito 32, Montelupo Fiorentino, 50056, Ital
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We walked into this restaurant and found the whole of Montelupo there, or so it seemed! The restaurant appears to specialise in fish with a large proportion of the menu dominated by fish dishes.
My friend and I looked at the 14 euro lunch menu of 1st course, 2nd course and side dish and decided we would simply not be able to fit it in. So intead, we ordered 1 menu and shared it between the two of us, which was just nice.
The only thing I would note is that the restaurant charged us 10 euro per head to share the 14 euro menu. 20 euros is still less expensive than the 28 we would have paid for two menus that we wouldn't have been able to eat, but it would have been good if they had told us that we were going to be charged extra to share.
Still, all in all we were quite happy with the meal.
Favorite Dish: First was farfalle with ragu (most readers would know this as bolognaise), which was very nice. Then we had a piece of grilled chicken and a mixed salad on the side.
My friend and I walked all the way out of Montelupo to visit the Lux factory outlet (nice glass by the way). Going back we got the nice man in the shop to call a taxi. Well the taxi came, and STARTED the meter at 12 euro! Anyone in Italy, actually anyone in the whole of Europe, would be horrified to hear of that as a flag fall rate. Quite quite extraordinary. I am absolutely sure it is because the nice man in the shop said we were "Inglese" so the taxi driver decided to try it on. Altogether the fare was 18 euro. So beware when catching taxis in Montelupo!