The museum is housed in the prestigious Palazzo Fauzone di Germagnano, in the historic Piazza district. The building, owned by Cuneo Provincial Authority, is one of the finest in Piazza Maggiore, itself a magnificent architectural landmark in the Piedmont landscape. Among the oldest buildings in the piazza, and therefore of the city, it was built in the early decades of the 13th century as a nobleman's residence.
At the beginning of the 19th century, prosperity in the Mondovì area came from its manufacture of silk and of woollen cloth for military use, and with its continuing trading links with Liguria. The ceramics trade was not particularly important, and was in the hands of craftsmen at Chiusa di Pesio, with their ordinary majolica. The production of fine earthenware was introduced in Mondovì in 1805 by a radical doctor, Francesco Perotti. During the first half of the century, this area of industry spread as a result of the extraordinary resources the city had in terms of contact and business links with centres in their own area and with Liguria.
The leading figure at this time was Benedetto Musso, who came from Savona. He was highly active in attracting skilled workers and technology from his home town and in organizing the supply of wood and clay from the valleys around Mondovì. The surrounding area was not slow in responding to these initiatives and, by the middle of the century, in establishing other factories, which were closer to those vital raw materials: at Chiusa Pesio, Moline di Vicoforte and Villanova Mondovì.
The Mondovì pottery area became an industrial area at the very time of great economic expansion throughout Europe. The second half of the 19th century was a golden period for Mondovì pottery, which saw the creation of the traditional character of Vecchia Mondovì production.
1 - Mondovì Ceramics District
2 - Mondovì and archaeology
3 - The beginnings of Mondovì earthenware
4 - Decoration techniques: brush decoration
5 - Tamponatura
6 - The transfer print
7 - Relief moulding
8 - Decorative techniques: stamp, stencil and airbrush
9 - From the Factory to the Table: the ceramics trade
10 - 1805-1850: the beginnings
11 - 1850-1887: the great boom
12 - 1887-1900: crisis in the city factories
13 - 1887-1900: crisis in the surrounding area
14 - The Twentieth Century
15 - Art and Industry
16 - Making Pottery
17 - Setting the table
Bookshop e workshops
Piazza quarter: church of San Francesco Saverio, cathedral of San Donato, chapel of Santa Croce, medieval walls, church of Santa Chiara, church of the Misericordia, convent of Nostra Donna, 18th-century synagogue, bishop's palace, historic hospital of Santa Croce, Casa Jacod, Teresian church, Palazzo dei Bressani, Palazzo del Governatore, Antico Palazzo di Città, Palazzo Fauzone (ceramics museum), chapel of San Rocco delle Carceri and the Porta di Carassone, civic printing museum
Breo quarter: chapel of San Rocco, chapel of the Madonna delle Grazie, church of Sant'Agostino, church of SS. Pietro e Paolo, church of San Filippo, deconsecrated church of Santo Stefano (exhibition centre)
Carassone quarter: parish church of San Giovanni ed Evasio, deconsecrated church of Sant'Evasio, chapel of Santa Maria delle Vigne
Borgato quarter: chapel of the Annunziata, Madonna della Neve, chapel of San Rocco, parish church dedicated to Maria Vergine Assunta
Altipiano quarter: church of the Riconciliazione, parish church of the Sacro Cuore
Ferrone quarter: chapel of San Bernolfo, chapel of San Bernardo delle Forche
In the area: sanctuary of Vicoforte Mondovì, Bossea caves, Dossi caves, Caudano caves, Lurisia Terme hydrothermal institute, ski resorts (Frabosa Soprana, Frabosa Sottana, Roburent, Roccaforte Mondovì), Alta Valle Pesio e Tanaro nature park, chapel of San Fiorenzo in Bastia Mondovì, Rocca de Baldi castle
Typical products: Dolcetto Langhe Monregalesi DOC wine, paste di meliga cornmeal biscuits, chestnuts, Raschera cheese
Sports: swimming, football, athletics
Events: "Raduno Internazionale Aerostatico dell'Epifania" (January), "Carlevè 'd Mondvì" (February), spring fair (April), "Doi Pass per Mondvì" entertainment and evening shopping (July), antiques fair (August), "Feu d'la Madona" (September) with fireworks display on 7 September, "Peccati di Gola - Fiera Regionale del Tartufo" gastronomy and truffle festival (October/November)