Umbrian ceramics

Italy is famous for ceramics. The most well-known ceramics are probably those from Vietri sul Mare on the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Caltagirone in Sicily, Deruta in Umbria, and of course Faenza. The photo below is of some Umbrian ceramics that my husband took during a trip to the Umbrian town of Gubbio.

Umbrian pottery

Where to buy and paint Umbrian ceramics

For travelers to Umbria who are interested in learning about or purchasing ceramics, visit the town of Deruta, which is is just south of Perugia. You can buy ceramics or paint your own, and they do ship


  • Ubaldo Grazia for purchasing or to visit the museum and learn about the history of Umbrian ceramics. Ubaldo Grazia’s ceramics are also featured at the British Musem
  • For hands-on classes – ideal for families looking for children’s activities – go to the Scuola d’Arte Ceramica Romano Ranieri.
  • Elizabeth Minchilli is a great resource here too. An American who has lived in Rome for decades, she owns a country house in Umbria and has great suggestions for Umbrian ceramics in the area.

More about the photo….
I’ve written in the past that paying attention to detail in Italy adds depth to any trip. A traveler walking by quickly may notice that the ceramics look a little different from those in other parts of Italy. But the traveler who spends more time looking will notice something unexpected. Do you see what?

Photo by Sanjay

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Posted by on Aug 28, 2009 in Umbria | 8 Comments


  1. Travel With Kids
    August 28, 2009

    Oh that’s funny! Even with my (non-existent) Italian I see the containers are designed not to hold herbs, spices and other foodstuffs, but to keep one’s household drugs safe – maybe if they laid off the ‘hashis’, they wouldn’t need so much ‘viagra’!

  2. marina k. villatoro
    August 28, 2009

    That’s is insane! Do you think they’re empty? It wold be kind of spooky if they weren’t 🙂

  3. Madeline
    August 28, 2009

    Travel with Kids – LOL!
    Marina – maybe you should go check! You’re not that far from Gubbio are you… :o)

  4. Wanderluster
    August 29, 2009

    That is too hilarious. Especially funny is that Viagra is on that list. I bet some guys would kill for a big jar of it!

  5. Dominique
    August 29, 2009

    That’s some “spice” shelf!

  6. Lorraine
    August 29, 2009

    OK, this wins the Photo Friday award this week. Too classic! Also, glad to have found your blog – I like the theme about looking beyond the obvious.

  7. Madeline
    August 29, 2009

    thanks for the comments! At the time, I assumed that the tape over the lids were to keep them from falling off but maybe it was for another reason :o)

  8. jk
    August 31, 2009

    Viagra, *snerk*! So is the store that sells the … contents (!) across the street? heh. Great find!


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