The name of Faenza is strictly linked to the production of artistic majolica, as in ceramic are the street name signs, the
civic numbers and the signs of commercial activities.
Faenza is also an elegant town that since 1300, thanks to the local powerful family of the Manfredi, was embellished
with monuments and palaces that still have kept their charm.
Our tour begins with a pleasant walk in the historical center, which will surprise you for the variety of its buildings: the
adjacent Piazza del Popolo and Piazza della Libertà, the political and religious center of the town, form what can truly
be considered one of the most beautiful squares of Italy. Here we will admire the exterior of the palaces of the Podestà
and the Capitano del Popolo, with the characteristic facades with a fifteenth-century loggia, and the Cathedral, built by
Giuliano da Maiano, that has typical forms of the Florentine Renaissance.
Among the noble palaces that give prestige to the historical center, not to be missed is Palazzo Milzetti (end of 18 th
century), with its halls beautifully decorated with silks, stuccos, and frescoes and furnished with period furniture: the
Palace is considered the most complete example of Faenza’s neoclassicism. Here we will live the emotion of knowing
the life of a noble residence of the early nineteenth century, following the Milzetti counts among solemn staircases,
wooden libraries, sumptuous salons and intimate bedrooms.
The afternoon is all focused on the world of ceramics, starting with the visit to the MIC – International Museum of
Ceramics: with more than 15.000 ceramic works it is the largest collection in the world of this ancient art. In its rooms, it
is documented the culture of ceramics spanning five continents and many centuries: from Classical Greece to Islamic
and Pre-Columbian ceramics, from the Italian Renaissance to masterpieces of contemporary artists such as Picasso,
Chagall, and Matisse. The museum is also committed to keeping the ceramic tradition alive with the establishment of
the “Premio Faenza”, an international biennial competition on artistic ceramics, and with the publication of the
The ceramic tradition in town is not limited to museum space but is kept alive daily in the many artisan studios in the
city: a visit to a ceramic workshop will allow us to know in depth his ancient art and to meet ceramist masters who will
show the various processing stages of Faenza majolica and their works.
The visiting order of the monuments is not the one listed above and is adjusted according to the needs of visitors. We do not assume responsibility for ticket increases or changes of monuments opening hours that may occur during the year.
For some questions you find a faster answer here than writing us:
Where can I park?
If you are by car there are some free parking in Ponte delle Grazie area, just a few minutes walking from the city center. In the city center there are also several parking lots with parking meter: the parking lot close to the central square is often busy in the morning due to the market. If you are by bus, the drop off /drop on point is at the bus station in Viale delle Ceramiche or in the railway station area.
Where do I meet the guide?
If you are already in the city center the guide can meet you at your hotel, at a restaurant, in the ticket offices of the monuments or in the main square close to the fountain. If you arrive directly for the guided tour then the guide can pick you up in the car parks or at the drop off/ drop on points.
Can mobility impaired people enter everywhere?
The monuments of this itinerary are also accessible for mobility impaired people except some rooms of Palazzo Milzetti.
There will be entry fees for the monuments?
Yes, the costs are as follows:
– Palazzo Milzetti : € 4,00 – € 2,00 for people from 18 to 25 years old, free under 18 years old and for everyone the first Sunday of every month.
– MIC: € 10,00 – € 7,00 for people over 65 years old, groups over 15 people – € 3,00 for students over 15 years old (high school and University) and teachers. Free for people under 14 years old and disabled people.
Is it necessary to book the entrance at the monuments?
The only mandatory reservation is for the ceramic workshop. For groups it is suggested to inform fot your visit the MIC and Palazzo Milzetti a few days beforehand.
Is it possible to pay the tickets in advance or with credit card?
Yes, it is.
Where are the tourist information offices?
In the main square under the Voltone della Molinella.
Are there public toilets?
Yes, in Via Marescalchi close to Piazza Martiri della Libertà.