The city of ceramics
Grottaglie finds its origins in the surrounding spectacular green canyons, a territory marked by the presence of ravines, where many caves were excavated. The city of Grottaglie was made famous worldwide by the art of working ceramics: around its historical center, characterized by winding streets and by low-vault houses, extends the “ceramics district”: here the creativity of the artisans gives birth to refined terracotta works. In more than 50 workshops artisans still use the traditional lathes to create plates, vases, holy water fonts, ladies and knights and the famous “pomo” in enamelled ceramic, symbol or the ceramicist art of Grottaglie, an art that has been handed down from father to son. In the moat of a castle of the 1400 for centuries artisans have been shaping and decorating clay: a scenery that is unique in the world. Artisan works also celebrate the patron St. Cyrus and the occasion of the lighting of the pyre on the 31st of august, a bonfire that burns in memory of the martyrdom of Grottaglie’s patron saint.
- Castle Episcopio and Torre Maestra
- “Carriero”, artisan shop in a cave
- Rocky church of Santa Barbara
- Church and convent of San Francesco di Paola
Distance from Martina Franca: 26km – 24 minutes