Culture and Events
Fondo Riso is located on the outskirts of Faenza between the hills and the sea, near Ravenna and not far from Bologna; from here it’s easy to get to Florence in an hour and a half on “Dante’s train”, and it’s an hour away from the valleys of Comacchio, the Italian Camargue, or the Vena del Gesso park.
Take the advice of our local expert Valentino, or request a bespoke programme just for you!
There’s so much to see, learn and experience; meanwhile, if you come to Faenza… You’re in the quintessential city of ceramics.
Because here you’ll find the Ballardini school of ceramic art, the International Museum of Ceramics (a UNESCO site), the Carlo Zauli Museum and countless ceramics studios with Italian and foreign artists. One of the most important events in this sector is the Mondial Tornianti e Argillà competition.
If you stop for a coffee in Piazza del Popolo, you’ll find yourself in one of Italy’s 100 loveliest squares.
If you visit the nineteenth century Palazzo Milzetti, you can take a look at the “black bathroom”, extremely rare for its time and astonishing even today for its beauty. Then explore the “rustic hut”: an annex of the palace: an early nineteenth-century cottage with trompe l’oeil decoration, built as a folly and now a truly unique architectural jewel.
In Faenza, mulled wine is known as Bisò, and if you come in early January you can sample it in the traditional Nott de Bisò festival.
Faenza has its own Palio too, extremely popular among the residents, which enlivens the city throughout the month of June, so make sure you wear the right colour (white, yellow, red, green or black) if you want to back one of the teams.
For all events and initiatives, you can consult our events section or the Faenza Pro Loco association.