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Sep 1st, 2012, 09:41 AM
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Where are the best places for buying Ceramics in Chianti?

We love the Ceramics we found in Amalfi and Deruta. Some of the hill towns around Montepulciano and Siena, not as much.

What will we find in the Chianti area, did anyone find great shops?
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Sep 1st, 2012, 10:20 AM
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Pep Bizzarrie in Castellina in Chianti. She has some beautiful hand painted ceramics that are very different that those in Deruta. The shop is located in the middle of town, I believe she has a web site and she ships.
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Sep 1st, 2012, 02:15 PM
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Ceramiche Rampini in Radda in Chianti sells their beautiful handmade pieces, from a spoon rest to a full set of dishes. They also have a showroom in Florence.
Their shipments of items w'd purchased arrived quickly and in perfect condition.
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Sep 1st, 2012, 03:36 PM
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I second the recommendation of Rampini. It is outside of Radda in the countryside and they have beautiful pieces, as well as a "seconds" room with lower prices and often invisible defects.
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Sep 1st, 2012, 05:38 PM
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Getting excited, tonight we had Caprese Salad on colorful small square plates we bought in Ravello. Some souvenirs sit lost somewhere, but enjoying the Ceramics at dinner brings back so many memories!

PS drinking Limoncello now, can't wait to go back to Italy!
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Sep 1st, 2012, 08:17 PM
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After visiting her shop on our last couple of visits to Chianti, I finally bought ceramics from Pep Bizzarrie in Castellina this summer. She has bright wonderful pieces and does a fantastic job with the shipping.

Not Chianti, but there are several really nice ceramic shops in Cortona.

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Sep 1st, 2012, 09:01 PM
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Not Chianti, but San Gimignano reminds me of Deruta in the number of ceramic shops. A few were low end, but some were very nice.
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Sep 2nd, 2012, 04:10 AM
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We won't be as far southwest as Cortona but we will be in SG. How about Volterra?

kybourbon do you remember any shops in particular in SG?
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Sep 2nd, 2012, 05:57 AM
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Again, not Chianti but we love Arte Creta in Florence. The artist is extremely creative and does beautiful and original ceramics. The shop is located at Via del Proconsolo 63/R, very near the Duomo.
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Sep 14th, 2012, 11:02 AM
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TTT in case kybourbon or someone remembers any shops in particular in SG
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Sep 14th, 2012, 11:06 AM
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SG has lots of lower level creamic shops, more souvenir quality at high prices for what they offer.
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Sep 14th, 2012, 11:12 AM
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How about Volterra?
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Sep 14th, 2012, 11:37 AM
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Volterra is famous for its alabaster.
My wife says the best ceramica shops are in San Gim.--other than Deruta or Orvieto.
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Sep 14th, 2012, 11:51 AM
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It is 2 hour drive to Faenza from Radda in Chianti -- which is shorter than the drive to San Gimignano. Faenza is one the truly great ceramics centers of Italy (and Europe). Look up pictures of the designs to see if you like the classic style, You can find them online

http://www.flytoromagna.com/en/faenz...cs-nature.html

http://slowtalk.com/groupee/forums/a...m/909003635001

San Gimignano has a lot of tourists, to it has a lot of shops selling what tourists like to buy, but San Gimignano is not historically a town for ceramics production. Still, if you are unsure what you want, San Gimignano shops sell things from all over Italy (including from Faenza).
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Sep 14th, 2012, 01:44 PM
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i'll third the reccomendation of http://www.rampiniceramics.com/contact/workshop.php

wonderful place, helpfull staff and a scenic drive outside of Radda.
bought numerous pieces here over the years.
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