Linda Mosley on thu 20 apr 00
I had a great 7 day trip to Italy in March 2000. I
recommend from Florence that you go south to San
Gimignano. There's a stoneware potter Franco Balducci
in Piazza delle Erbe (speaks English) and the view of
Tuscany is fantastic. Be sure to see Pietro
Maddalena's web site: www.pietro.net, a very wonderful
place near San Gimignano. There's terra cotta
garden-type ware at Impruneta, closer, south, to
Florence, but I didn't have time to go. North of
Florence is Faenza - the Intern'l Museum of Ceramics -
fabulous. (Take trains: Firenze to Bologna to Faenza.
In Bologna we saw the Morandi Museum, a feast for the
eyes if you admire his still life paintings. There are
other museums there, but we had no time to linger. In
Rome I recommend the Villa Guilia - Etruscan museum. I
would be glad to share more information; contact me at
ceramic instructor, St. Louis Community College - FV
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