Coreglia Antelminelli

Coreglia Antelminelli (LU) Toscana

The name of Coreglia, a hamlet on the border of medieval Lucca, derives from the Latin word “Corrilia”, which means “sliding land”. Loved by painters, poets and intellectuals on account of the enchanting surrounding landscape, Coreglia is a place of ancient churches, historic palazzos and a museum dedicated to plaster figurines – the town’s claim to fame. Coreglia is well known for its figurine makers, whose activity was already notable in the 18th century and only intensified in subsequent years, to the extent that many local craftspeople left to set up shop in the biggest cities of Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Great Britain and Sweden, where their art was in great demand. Among the most unique pieces in the museum are the 18th-century cats, which are colored with candle smoke, and a large nativity scene dating back to the late 19th century.


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