“La Caravella Artgallery has become the external Hall of Honour of the artistic-ceramics of Vietri sul Mare” by Enzo Biffi Gentile
La Caravella is a place of art
Ceramics is an infectious passion, in our restaurant ceramics have always been present. At the beginning there were only small ceramic flower vases on the tables. Within the years we realised that many guests were intrigued by these objects and asked if they were for sale. The curiosity of our guests has stimulated a very strong co-operation with the masters of ceramics based on the Amalfi coast. Gradually, the quantity of ceramics I bought filled every single possible space and it was almost mandatory to open an art gallery and a cellar nearby the restaurant. This project was realized in 2009 (during the first 50th anniversary of the restaurant).
Nowadays, the co-operation with the artists is even stronger and exclusive. The ceramics shown at the Artgallery of La Caravella are a brand with unique characteristics and they represent a reference for many local craft workshops along the coastline. The sculptures shaped like “donkeys” (the emblem of the Amalfi Coast) are our cult objects. They can be found in the most and elegant houses in the world and have been always a gift that our customers gave the most influent people in the world.
In the heart of Amalfi
The atmosphere is warm and welcoming a few steps from the Cathedral, in one of the most characteristic and ancient alleys of the city, which was, at one time, “The first maritime republic”, and today is a real treasure trove of history and art. The alley is named after the famous revolutionary Masaniello and is adjacent to Piazza Duomo, in a side street of Piazza dei Dogi, where you can still see what was once the Palace of the Dukes Piccolomini.
The ceramic Art of Amalfi Coast is unique all over the world.
We are aware that it is difficult to appreciate the beauty of our ceramics through a photo: the colors, the shapes, the attention to detail. You have to touch ceramic, see it closely, “live it” in a relationship of physical sensitivity.
Only in this way can we appreciate the details and the games of colors that no photographer, however good, nor technology, however sophisticated, is able to reproduce and make this tactile pleasure feel. Our Gallery must be visited and, above all, “lived”.