Perched on a hilltop above the Tiber River and backed by thick woods, Deruta is Italy’s “Artistic Ceramics Capital.” The names of the earliest-known ceramists date to the XVI century, when due to the exquisite quality of their products, they felt they should emerge from the shadows of the anonymity of their workshops and start signing their masterpieces. Giacomo Mancini, aka El Frate, was one of these, and he signed his name to plates and goblets featuring scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphosis, but there was also Francesco Urbini, Andrea di Cieco, Lazzaro di Battista Faentino and the Maturanzio brothers. The vocation for ceramics continues unhindered to our day and the town boasts an important Institute for Ceramic Arts, a fascinating Ceramics Museum, various major ceramics factories and, of course, many ceramics shops small and large. The ceramics museum is located in what was once the Convent of S. Francesco, next to the eponymous XIV-century church, in the high part of town. The bell tower faces the tower of the town’s XIV-century City Hall and houses an interesting picture gallery with works painted over the centuries by such artists as Alunno, Fiorenzo di Lorenzo, Guido Reni and Antonio Amorosi, as well as a collection of Neolithic and Etruscan relics.

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