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In this online consultation forum active citizens and organizations are given the chance to present their ideas on issues regarding the topic: How to make Grottaglie a Tourist Destination of Value.
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Contenmporary ceramics competition
In Grottaglie, the famous city of ceramics, the Competition of Contemporary Ceramics takes place. The exhibition is addressed to Italian and foreign artists who express themselves through the ceramic material. The exhibition is promoted and organized by the Department of Culture of the City of Grottaglie.
The selected works, out of the hundreds of proposals received from Italy and abroad, are exhibited in the hall of the Episcopal Castle of Grottaglie. During the inauguration evening, the winners are usually announced and carefully judged by a jury of professionals.
The Competition of Contemporary Ceramics, already known as the Competition of Mediterranean Ceramics, has a long history that dates back to 1971. Since then it has gone through different creative phases and developments that have changed its form, planning and aims: from a mere exhibition of local production to a place of confrontation on themes and techniques of international artistic ceramics. What has remained unchanged and, indeed, has been further expanded, is the initial intent to implement a cultural effort aimed at renewal and openness to a wider artistic dialogue, rooted, however, in a skill and expertise that Grottaglie can boast for centuries.
Brigante Run - Spartan Race
Spartan Race is a series of obstacle races of varying distance and difficulty ranging from 3 miles to marathon distances. They are usually held in US and have been franchised to 30 countries including Canada, South Korea, Australia and several European countries. The Trifecta final is held usually in Sparta, Greece. A piece of Greece, however, has also settled in Puglia, in the municipality of Grottaglie, thanks to BriganteRun.
BriganteRun is a route, organized by Sud In Movimento and Atletica Grottaglie Spartancross, that fits into the family of Spartan Runs and opens this practice to a wider audience. The test is suitable for everyone, regulated by experts, who are in charge of timing the race. Fourteen tests of strength, ability and endurance that will alternate in a unique adventure within a 4.5km long path designed in the fantastic scenery of Fantiano’s Quarries.
In Grottaglie you can enjoy a unique experience in which the master cheese-makers will explain to you step by step all the details of the mozzarella production process. At the same time, they will give you a full practical demonstration. Following the demonstration there will no doubt be a degustation. In fact, you will taste these artisanal delicacies that local producers make every day with passion and skill.
This activity allows visitors to discover the typical products of the Grottaglie area and of the entire Apulia region, giving them the opportunity not only to taste the flavours, but also to understand all the work and tradition from which they are produced.
Grottaglie is famous throughout the world as the city of ceramics. Here the ancient ceramics tradition, handed down through the centuries, still shows its inimitable pieces to many visitors in a special district of the town. Entirely dedicated to craft workshops, the cultural and artistic heritage of Apulia, is the famous “ceramics district”.
Walking through the charming alleyways of the old town centre, you can enjoy its most hidden and characteristic views, and then get to know the excellence of Apulian craftsmanship up close with some of the great master potters. This unique experience is rounded off by the opportunity to put on a smock, sit at a potter’s wheel and shape a souvenir with your own hands, starting with clay and following the instructions of a professional potter, which you can take away with you at the end of the day.
Climbing in Grottaglie cliffs
The name of the town of Grottaglie is due to the presence of rock caves, which can be admired just a few kilometres from the historic centre. They bear witness to a rock civilisation that expressed artistic peculiarities that have come down to us thanks to the paintings in the churches. For millions of years, the soft limestone has been eroded by the waters, which have created spectacular grooves in the rock, shaped by men over the centuries to make refuges and churches. Climbers from all over the world will have the opportunity to scale the cliffs of Grottaglie. The remarkable historical heritage, warm climate, off-the-beaten track climbing routes and extremely hospitable locals are just some of the many features that make Grottaglie a special and authentic destination. Get ready to dive into the unknown for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the invaluable support and expertise of local guides who have decades of experience and history of climbing in this country.
Walking tour experience
Grottaglie is known as the city of ceramics, ideal for a fabulous itinerary through the old town centre, starting at the Chiesa Matrix, continuing towards the Episcopio Castle with its square tower dating from the 14th century and ending at the ceramics district. Along the route, depending on the time available and the choice of itinerary, you can visit the Church of San Francesco de Geronimo, Palazzo Pignatelli (exterior), the Church of the Carmine, which houses a rock crypt consecrated to the Madonna della Grotta and a convent, the Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul and the picturesque alleyways of the old town with their distinctive balconies with typical “ceramic pumices”. The tour can end with a walk through the Gravina di San Giorgio, the district of the famous local ceramics, a flourishing production that is among the most important in Apulia together with Laterza and Cutrofiano.
Discovering the Murals
Thanks to the murals created by local artists, the town of Grottaglie has been transformed into an open-air museum, catapulting us all into a joyful and colourful atmosphere. Numerous murals have been created by some of the world’s most famous street-artists during the FAME Festival from 2008 onwards. The aim was to awaken and animate the consciousness of Grottaglie and its inhabitants on various themes. A very entertaining game is to go around the town competing to see the first one.