Welcome to La Galleria!


In a world where the major part of the purchasable products are made by machines, La Galleria mission is to be your personal home designer helping you to find and produce for you the perfect Italian handmade piece that will accord your taste, and meet your needs.

If you are reading these words means that you have already met us (hey, nice to see you there! 😄) or not yet and you just want to know something about our activity.

Before starting I want to present myself: I am Matteo, nice to meet you! Since now I will be your guide through the site and I will do my best to tell you the story that there is behind this little big family business situated in Montelupo fiorentino, Italy.

The shop


Montelupo is a city known all over the world for its production of ceramics. It was one of the most important centers of pottery production during the Italian Renaissance, particularly tin-glazed earthenware known in Italy as majolica.
 
Since 20 years, the shop is a little jewel in the commercial landscape of Montelupo. Here is where we wanted to keep the family tradition of working with clay, enriching it with new shapes and decorations. Our production is not limited to the reproduction of classical works, but adds that touch of creativity, originality and quality that distinguishes our work.
 
During all these years we have met a lot of wonderful people, and some of them had took some time to leave some words about us on our TripAdvisor page, we are so proud of it! ❤️
  •   Whether you are a beginner or an avid artist, the master artist will help to guide you to create your very own unique pottery piece. My husband and I went... read more

    Traveler820699
    10/13/2019
  •   We enjoyed visiting La Galleria & Matteo & his family-3 times-during our month long stay in Tuscany. The pottery is exquisite & the customer service is amazing. We also toured... read more

    KayeLKoonce
    10/26/2019
  •   A hands on lesson for me and my husband from the great ceramicist, Salvatore Mirenda, in the showroom of dazzling majolica produced by him and artisans in their factory just... read more

    MrsChimp
    12/30/2019
  •   So thankful they do not siesta!! Matteo and his mom are so genuine, helpful, funny and creative people. We took a chance and stopped by in between our visit from... read more

    travelinmama1524
    2/25/2020

The production


Did you know that one of the oldest Montelupo piece (aged about 15th century) was found in Cuba?

In the modern times, as in the past, La Galleria is continuing to share the tradition and passion in ceramic making using the old techniques, with the best materials and glazes available.

My grandfather Sebastiano was a potter maker who started in Sicily, precisely in Santo Stefano di Camastra, another city very known for its ceramic production. He worked on the wheel and then he decided to move in Montelupo.

There he worked in the local factories, and on the meantime he teached to my father Salvatore to work on the wheel but using the Sicilian method.

Salvatore opened fist his own factory when he was 20, and then La Galleria on March 2000 with my mother Betty.

When my grandfather decided to get retired, my father closed his factory keeping the shop in Montelupo.

For all these years, we worked inside most of all the factories of Montelupo, sharing shapes and designs.

Only when I decided to continue the family tradition, we agreed together to reopen the factory to make even more shapes with the purpose of filling the world of our little treasures, and also my brother Marco joined us in the family business.

Since that day the activity grew up, and in addition to the products we were selling in the shop, we focused on three principal news:

(Click over these photos to discover more!)

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see our new works! ❤️

And thank you for your time, we all hope to see you soon! 😊