Grottaglie has an historical centre enclosed between two ravines and is full of places to visit: the Castello Episcopico, the Chiesa Matrice, the Convent of the Padri Minimi and that of the Carmelites, the Sanctuary of San Francesco de Geronimo.
In Gravina di San Giorgio the Ceramics District has developed, the symbol of the city.
Just a few kilometres from Grottaglie you can admire enchanting places such as the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Mutata, with a valuable seventeenth-century grottagliese majolica floor, the ravines and various farms.
The Ceramics District
The Ceramics District is entirely dedicated to the production of ceramics, with many shops still today located in caves.
The presence of clay in the territory has favoured the development of ceramics which for centuries has been the main source of wealth of the city.
For a long time more and more refined artefacts have been manufactured, the result of a search that looks to the future without forgetting the past and which has made the ceramics of Grottaglie famous throughout the world.
An important artistic and educational contribution has given and continues to give the State Institute of Art, one of the oldest in Italy.
Grottaglie has taken the name of the “Queen of table grapes”, thus representing an obligatory reference point for Ionian and regional agriculture.
The territory also expresses strong potential in the production of fine wines. In fact, local social wineries produce wines in line with the current market trends.
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