"The beauty of Naples grows day by day, week by week, in the moment that its secrets come above, until we understand that its gulf is the most beautiful in the world".
Naples arises surrounded by the Vesuvius, Pompeii and the Campi Flegrei, lying on a wonderful gulf, among the peninsula of Sorrento, Capri, Ischia and Procida isles. Rich of history and situated in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, it has always played an important role between different cultures. The succession of different historical phases has left the sign on Naples even in the architecture of the city and in the traditions and the nature of the Neapolitan people.
The centuries-old importance and the prestige of the city is visible in the churches, in the museums, in the historical palaces, in the castles, in the alleys in the places and in the archeological remains. An artistic and archeological heritage that Unesco has protected declaring the city historical center of Naples (the most extended of Europe) World Heritage of Humanity. The Neapolitan tradition of the ceramics sinks its roots in its history. The processing and the decorations find references already in the Roman era in the cities of Pompeii and Naples, in the Middle Age, in the majolica cloister of Santa Chiara.
THE DECORATED MAJOLICA CLOISTER OF SANTA CHIARA – NAPLES
The fourteenth - century cloister of Santa Chiara was modified in the ‘700. It was projected by Domenico Antonio Vaccaro and was realized in 1739 by Giuseppe and Donato Massa. It seems to have nothing in common with the sober and cloistered way of life of the Clarisses Nuns.
Its 30.000 polychrome ceramic tiles (majolica) made this cloister particularly famous and appreciated by the visitors coming from all around the world because of the colors of the handmade decorations which are completely well combined with the external vegetation which adorn the garden: lemon-trees, the vineyards, and the wisteria. Landscapes, hunting scenes, fishing, dance and views are the most important themes of the decors of the tiles placed on the backs of the seats of the cloister.