he Faenza road (Via Faentina) is the main means of communication between Romagna and Tuscany, thanks to the Provincial
Road 302 and the railroad connection that invites tourists to take a leisurely journey in the footsteps of the Supreme Poet. At the centre of this “Dante itinerary” you will find the city of Faenza, in the Province of Ravenna. Faenza, of Roman origin and situated on Via Emilia, is a city with 60,000 inhabitants and is known for its ceramic production, which dates back to the twelfth century and reached its peak in the Renaissance period.
The city has transformed in a long period of historic evolution, enriching itself with prized architecture, strongly characterised by Renaissance and Neo-Classical styles.
In Faenza ceramics boast a tradition spanning several centuries, an expression of an artistic handicraft of exceptional quality. Due to its geographic location, the city has been able to establish itself as a European ceramics centre of primary importance, to the point that the Maiolica plates are known throughout the world under the French name Faience. The offer of typical products, food and wine is captivating and varied, valued and promoted by the Strada del Sangiovese, a gastronomic route.
The splendid Piazza del Popolo square is the beating heart of the City of Faenza, sat between two elegant porticoes facing one another, one on the side of the Town Square and the other on the side of the Palazzo del Podestà. The square is closed off by the civic Clock Tower.
Next to Piazza del Popolo we find Piazza della Libertà, with the Renaissance Cathedral (Giuliano da Maiano, 1474) dedicated to Saint Peter Apostle and the monumental fountain designed by Domenico Paganelli (seventeenth century). The era of Neo-Classical flowering cheerfully remains from the end of the eighteenth century until the first three decades of the following, with examples of artistic significance by Giuseppe Pistocchi, Giovanni Antonio Antolini, Felice Giani, and Pietro Tomba. The many accomplishments include Palazzo Milzetti, today the National Museum of Neo-Classical Civilization in Romagna which masterfully captures, both in terms of architecture and decoration, the Romagna civilization in Neo-Classicism and Piazza Nenni (previously Piazza della Molinella), with a cobblestone pavement and overlooked by the prestigious Teatro Comunale Masini theatre, also from the Neo-Classical era (1780-1788).
The International Museum of Ceramic (M.I.C.), founded in 1908, is one of the most important museums of ceramic art worldwide and houses collections from every century and continent, as well as prestigious exhibitions, including of contemporary art, while the many ceramics workshops, mainly located in the charming setting of Faenza’s historic centre, continue the great tradition of the artistic handicraft in Faenza.