Arts and crafts

Abruzzo is a land rich in civilization and old traditions, where it is absolutely essential to get to know the places associated with crafts. In this way one can discover villages where, over the centuries, there has been a proliferation of little workshops where people were beating iron and copper, carving and turning wood, or modelling ceramic vases and other objects. In these workshops humble craftsmen were trained, some of whom brought their activities to the highest peaks of art, becoming veritable masters of their craft. One can also discover the industrious skill of housewives and whole families engaged in weaving and embroidering blankets and carpets; they produce absolute masterpieces with intense colours, all beautifully made. But let's take things in an orderly manner. Wrought iron and embossed metal work are mainly found in the province of Chieti (Guardiagrele, Lanciano, Ortona, Vasto): the products may be things of intrinsic beauty, to buy and use as ornaments or decorative elements in the home, or useful objects (gates, gratings, railings), ranging even as far as the difficult art of bell casting.