Cerreto Sannita Civic and pottery Museum

Opened to the public in 1995, the Museum documents the ceramics art tradition flourished in Cerreto after the 1688 earthquake. Notoriously, from XVI century, the antisexual culture of Spain at the time of the Inquisition, more and more present in Spanish influenced Neapolitan society, suggested a “Compendiario” style, made of plain and essential decorations, typical of Faenza ceramics.

Then, from XVII century, the presence of a large Florentine community proposed and spread out the typical patterns of Montelupo pottery, with a distinctive popular imprint. Cerreto, completely destroyed by a violent earthquake in 1688, inserts itself into the lively figurative cultural climate of the baroque Naples.


The rebuilding of Cerreto was promoted by Marzio CARAFA, VII Duke of Maddaloni and X Count of Cerreto, and devised by the architect G.B.Manni.

The abundance of job attracted in Cerreto many Neapolitan artists which carried the Capodimonte proficiency.

The meeting of different schools gave rise to a pottery production which put forward Neapolitan patterns and typologies, but with a new dissonant and exuberant chromatism, characterized by a naturalistic taste, quick and nervous animalistic images and a naïve flavour, that remind the human-animal connection of ancient hunting cultures.

Opening Times

Tuesday and Thursday (Buzz to) 8-14 15-18

Wednesday and Friday (Buzz to) 8-14

Saturday, Sunday

Summer hours: 10.00/13.00 15.00/18.00

Winter hours: 9.30/12.30 16.30/19.30

Closed: Mondays, Christmas, Easter, New Year, November 2

It’s always possible to visit the Museum at a different hour and days calling the phone number:

0824 861425 0824815211 3478548468




Admission: € 3.00

The ticket entitles you to discounts and special offers at hotels, restaurants and ceramic workshops.

Ask at the reception the list of participating.


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