Castelli, access point to the Gran Sasso National Park, is a small medieval village, known internationally for its ceramics
 
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Castelli

Capital of the art pottery of Abruzzo
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Village of Castelli
Municipality of Castelli

Province of Teramo
Abruzzo Region

Population: 1.129 
Altitude centre: 497 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Città della ceramica

Protected Natural Areas:
Gran Sasso and Laga Mounts National Park

Municipality of Castelli
Piazza Roma 11 - Castelli (TE)
Tel. +39 0861 979142

Pro Loco Castelli
Piazza Roma 13 - Castelli (TE)
Tel. +39 366 1332309

Castelli is a small medieval village belonging to the small club of the most beautiful villages in Italy and is also one of the access points to the National Park of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga in its south-eastern part.

This village in Abruzzo is internationally known for its ceramics, a tradition that dates back to the Renaissance period and most probably from several centuries before. An art that became famous especially in the sixteenth century.

The birth of ceramics in Castelli is mainly due to the natural characteristics of the territory, in particular due to the abundant presence of clay pits, streams, silica deposits, beech woods for the wood that fed the ovens.
They were the good workmanship of the majolica, the lively decorations, but also the cheapness of the products, due to innovative production systems, which made Castelli one of the most appreciated centers for this art, especially in the seventeenth century.Among the principal masters, Antonio Lollo, the Grues and the Gentiles were listed in chronological order.
Although Castelli is a small town in the province of Teramo, its role in the history of Italian majolica is at the forefront, especially in the period from the 16th to the 18th century.

The sixteenth century church of San Donato in Castelli, defined by Carlo Levi "The Sistine Chapel of majolica", constitutes, together with the coeval pharmaceutical tableware Orsini-Colonna called, the ideal starting point for a subsequent production that enjoyed great fame, in Italy and abroad; so much so that one of the most important collections of ceramics of the Castles is today preserved in the museum of the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg.

Castles also houses the Museum of Ceramics as well as the Institute of Art "F. A. Grue".

Other destinations nearby

Castel del Monte
Castel del Monte
Castel del Monte, inside the Gran Sasso National Park, is characterized by its beautiful medieval nucleus perfectly preserved.
L'Aquila - 13.36 KM from Castelli
Atri
Atri
Atri, in the Terre del Cerrano area, is perhaps one of the oldest cities in Abruzzo, whose origins are the subject of mysterious legends
Teramo - 24 KM from Castelli
Città Sant'Angelo
Città Sant'Angelo
Città Sant'Angelo, thanks to its geographical position, between the sea and the mountains, allows you to savor both sea and land cuisine
Pescara - 28.68 KM from Castelli
Fontecchio
Fontecchio
The village of Fontecchio is located in Abruzzo, inside the Parco del Sirente-Velino.
L'Aquila - 29.76 KM from Castelli
Amatrice
Amatrice
Amatrice set in an area on the border of 4 regions: Lazio, Umbria, Marche and Abruzzo, it is home to the agri-food center of the Gran Sasso National Park and Monti della Laga
Rieti - 38.12 KM from Castelli
Caramanico Terme
Caramanico Terme
The thermal activity of Caramanico Terme represents the main attraction of the town, enriched by a rich program of events and manifestations.
Pescara - 43.71 KM from Castelli

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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