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Capri's Lovely Ceramic Tiles

August 22, 2015

I'm an obsessed fan of painted and glazed ceramic tiles and luckily - the isle of Capri is full of them.
Here are a few depictions and some advice on where to buy, if you're burning to have some...

Wall of ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles used as indicators, street signs

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I first saw ceramic tiles used for decorating external walls and even for street signs in Spain.

While I can't recall seeing any of these Rome, Venice or Naples, the island of Capri is overflowing with them.

Most of the tiles that I saw were placed on house walls - apparently, many houses on Capri have names, nicknames or, they contain playful decorations around the address numbers...

The wall you can see to the left contains several tiles used as street indicators - the tiles mark places, indicate directions or points of interest.

Capri also offers ceramics and not only tiles or other forms of flat ceramic plaques.
Souvenir shops have a bunch of vases, cups, plates and other objects on sale...

The quality of work on these ceramic objects has stunned me.

Capri ceramics have a particular style. And, to me it seemed like the nuances of yellow, blue and green are appear the most frequently on the artworks.

Ceramic tile with bird

A cute bird depiction...

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Barcelona, Sevilla, Valencia, Porto, Lisbon are all famous for their azulejos. Which are believed to originate from the Moorish rule of the Iberian Peninsula.

But these are different... Make no confusion between Italian pottery and azulejos.

Italy's Capri has a unique identity and its tiles are part of the vital ingredients.

As I said earlier, the yellow, blue, green colours appear most frequently on Capri's ceramics. But, white still seems to be the dominant colour.

The tiles and other ceramic objects of Capri have "delicious" vivid colours.

Capri's ceramics emanate happiness, lightness, playfulness.

Of course, my page is dedicated primarily to the street tiles, ceramic indicator plaques, but after you see so many, you might want to buy something...

There are souvenir shops in both towns and to me it seemed like Anacapri has the biggest number of them. Or, at least it seemed that way.

One of the most famous ceramic shops on Capri is found in the town of Anacapri - called Ceramiche Tavassi at Via G. Orlandi 129.

Last time I checked, the Tavassi website was dead, but their Facebook fan page was active.

Another place for buying nice Capri ceramic objects is Eureka at Via G. Orlandi 55, Anacapri and the have a website with product photos as well...

Photographic depictions of the street tiles I encountered can be seen below... Enjoy!

Capri ceramic address number tile

Alluring name and design

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Angel on ceramic tile

So "angelical"...

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Lemons on Capri tile

Lemons grow on this island, let's no forget...

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Cute ceramic tile

So very cute and so very nice

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Name tile on Capri

Maria lives here?

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1956 martyrs plaque on Capri

Square dedicated to the Hungarian martyrs of the 1956 anticommunist and anti-Soviet revolution

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Fish on ceramic plaque

Plenty of fish

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Ceramic name tile

Is Angelina home?

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Beautiful name tile on Capri

Hispanic name

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Flowers on ceramic tile


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Map of Capri on ceramic tiles

Ceramic tile map of Capri

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With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...


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