ceramics museum in vietri

The Museum is located within the complex of Villa Guariglia, the magnificent summer residence of the Provincial heritage of Salerno in 1970, thanks to the legacy of the owner Raffaele Guariglia, Ambassador of Italy, of the Order of Malta and Foreign Minister of the Badoglio government, who died April 25th of that year. The current appearance is the result of the last and final arrangement in the thirties after the transformations that gradually, during the nineteenth century, changed the original farmhouse in the current structural body of the villa and following the annexation of other surrounding lands, purchased in 1929 by the father of the ambassador, Alfonso Guariglia.

On the 9th May 1981, in the Belvedere Turret of Villa Guariglia, was inaugurated the Museum of Vietri ceramics: they became a concrete reality the aspirations and desires stored for a long time not only in the souls of the locals, proud of their ancient ceramic tradition, but also many intellectuals and academics who advocated the revival of that form of handicrafts, promoted as a cultural institution, through the preservation of the works that have marked the seasons of Vietri ceramics from the oldest preserved specimens.

The new structure placed almost like a natural continuation of the Villa (a house-museum, so rich in precious ceramics and porcelain), also for placing in its park, in the Belvedere Turret above mentioned. It, on the first curve of the great wide boulevard leading to the villa itself, dominates the words of D'Annunzio, the "moony gulf" of Salerno.

The reopening on July 3rd, 1992, after a period of closure necessary to expand the Museum using rooms on the ground floor of the tower not exploited, renewed expectations that accompanied with enthusiasm the establishment ten years before. On 6th July 2001, it was finally inaugurated a third section dedicated to the "riggiole", a term that indicates the tiles intended for floor and wall coating, in the time between the end of the eighteenth century at the beginning of the twentieth century, due in large part by generous donations that allowed the increase of tiles from thirty types to well over three hundred. In recent years, the Museum has received numerous donations.

Villa Guariglia - Via Nuova Raito Raito di Vietri sul Mare (SA)
+39 089.211835
Ticket price: no info available
Opening Hours
Tuesday9:00 - 15:00
Wednesday9:00 - 15:00
Thursday9:00 - 15:00
Friday9:00 - 15:00
Saturday9:00 - 15:00
Sunday9:00 - 15:00
NOTE: opening hours to the public from September 29th till March 29th.

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