From Asciano to Sovicille: a Terracotta tour

an unmissable experience

South of Siena there is an area made of woods, small hills, isolated cypress trees and amazing clay badlands. It’s called Crete Senesi (Sienese clays) and encircles the towns of Asciano, Buonconvento, Monteroni d’Arbia, Rapolano Terme and San Giovanni d’Asso. Here, many local artists use to shape the soil clay, creating incredible artworks and furnitures of “terracotta”. Follow this artisans tour, among decorative objects, flower boxes, pitchers and glasses, and visit these 4 workshops proposed by Artex (Center for Artistic and Traditional Handicrafts of Tuscany).

"Railway to heaven" [Photo credits: Antonio Cinotti]

Patrizia Maffei and Riccardo Pucci workshop (Arbia Scalo) Decorative ceramic and wooden objects, inspired by the Palio of Siena “contrade” (neighborhoods).  

Marsili fioriere (Coroncina) Creative (and very original) flower boxes made out of clay. Via Cassia Sud, 109 53100 Coroncina - website: www.marsili-fioriere.com

Crete senesi [Photo credits: Antonio Cinotti]
Crete senesi [Photo credits: Antonio Cinotti]

Cotto in Siena (Sovicille) Tuscan style ceramics which combine traditional and industrial craftsmanship. Dishes, glasses, pitchers bearing the trademark "Cotto in Siena”. Zona artigianale la Macchia, 53018, Sovicille - website: www.ilcasato.com

Jordi wooden workshop (S. Rocco a Pilli) Jordi is a young wooden artisan and a Middle Ages passionate. On a simple wooden table he can draw Medieval scenes and other images of ancient Siena. Via Perugini 44 53018, S. Rocco a Pilli

Here is the itinerary map!

Cover image credit: Antonio Cinotti

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