ALBA DOCILIA FURNACE

INFORMATION: This office is currently closed. We are working to make the site safely accessible in compliance with the Covid-19 containment regulations. 

The Location

This public MuDA location is an extraordinary historical museum of ceramic art and technology. It is an authentic ceramic factory, perfectly preserved within the ancient village of Albissola Marina. Inside you can visit several original rooms, where you can find the ancient wood-burning ovens and settling tanks for clay and glazes. The museum houses a selection of contemporary ceramic works from the civic collection, and a permanent exhibition of traditional Albisolese ceramic nativity scenes (macaques).
The factory began its activity in the early 1600s with the Conrado family, who among other things successfully established their own majolica factory also in France, in Nevers. In 1919 the factory resumed the ancient Roman name Alba Docilia and, thanks to the artistic direction of the painter Mario Gambetta, it once again established itself on the national market with a modern production. The factory closed definitively in 1982, after almost four hundred years of activity.
The Museum offers free and guided tours, thematic insights into ancient Ligurian traditions: from popular legends to the Albissola dialect, to the inevitable study of the workings and decorations of Albissola ceramics.
Services
Ceramic furnace from centuries XVII – XIX
Modern and contemporary Ceramic Art Civic Gallery
Permanent exhibitions of traditional ceramic nativity scenes (macachi)
Temporary exhibitions
Conferences, workshops and screenings.

Address
Via Stefano Grosso 24-26, 17012 Albissola Marina
Annual timetable
Thursdays 17.00 – 19.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 12.00 / 17.00 – 19.00

Closed
December 25 and 26, January 1st.

Contatti
La Fornace Association (www.lafornacealbissola.it)
Cell: (+39) 338 703 4356
Email: lafornacealbissola@gmail.com
cultura@comune.albissolamarina.sv.it

How to get there

Alba Docilia’s Furnace is located in the heart of the historic center, a few steps (descending) from the main church of Albissola Marina (Nostra Signora della Concordia).
By train: from Albisola’s train station is about a 20 minute walk, bus line 7 -7/ bus stop Albissola Marina (Sant’Antonio o San Benedetto). From Savona’s train station bus line 7 – 7/ - 30 bus stop Albissola Marina (San Benedetto o Sant’Antonio).
By car: on the highway take Albisola’s exit and continue towards Savona. The museum is located on an accessible road with parking space.