This museum is full of the most breathtakingly beautiful pieces of majolica ranging from 50 to several hundred years old. You can see the evolution of distinctive and individual styles and learn about the history of majolica and how it is made.
We have purchase different pieces of Italian Pottery from a shop in Victoria, British Columbia. We really liked the style of painting that is on the pottery and it only comes from Deruta. The pottery that we bought in Victoria was very expensive, prohibitively so. I really wanted to add to our collection so visiting Deruta was high on our list of must do's for last year. We made it to Deruta on a day trip from our hotel (farmhouse) in orvieto. We actually continued to Assisi after Deruta and then got back for dinner at the farmhouse. Nothing much in Deruta except many pottery shops. I figured the price was about 40 % cheaper.
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Deruta is renowned center of ceramic and terracota arts in Umbria with deep historical roots. There are numbers of factories in the city that produce unique handpainted items starting from decorative or practical tableware and ceramic tables to artisan vases.
Majolica manufactured and painted in Deruta features distincitve patterns and style with strong allusions to Roman and Renaissance art. The colors are
warm and vivid, for me Umbrian ceramics would be a best reminder of my Italian travel.
What to buy: If you collect decorative plates and tableware during your travels you should not miss Deruta. However we decided to buy dishes for everyday use - plates, bowls and cups, because of their warm simple beauty.
What to pay: There are shops for almost every price range. As a rule, decorative and artisan items are reasonably priced, but believe me the beauty worth the price.