Luogo - Museum
Centro di documentazione delle terrecotte
Where Via Cavour, Castel Viscardo (Terni)
Terracotta Documentation Center Held inside an edifice that once was a washhouse and—during the 1930s—a barn, the Centro Documentazione della Terracotta is the welcoming center in the town of Castel Viscardo. Here it is possible to get information on the economic and cultural traditions of the area, primarily based on the artisan manufacture of terracotta. Inside the Center, multimedia stations illustrate to the visitors the various stages of the local terracotta traditional manufacture, specialized in the production of brickwork, which are also employed in the restoration of ancient monuments such as the Pantheon, the Coliseum and the Aurelian Wall in Rome, or Piazza del Campo in Siena and Palazzo dei Priori in Perugia. It is also possible to reserve for a guided tour to visit the Furnaces and kilns of the area, to know the complete terracotta productive cycle, from the raw material to the final product, and the handmade brickwork, which in some cases are fired with wood in the apposite kilns called “wells”, as has been reported in documented procedures since the 13 century.