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Deruta is a medieval village close to Perugia, along the E45 highway, and fit is famous for it’s hand painted pottery and ceramics.
Nothing much is known of the early history of Deruta but Roman remains have been found here. Surely it has had an important strategic position in between Perugia and Todi, which is still partly visible: there are three antique gates and remains of the old wall around the village. Already in the 8th century the town got its own statute and the right to built a fortress of which we see the remains today.Initially the majolica production was mainly for useful objects, like pots and pans, but later one also produced pieces of art with its boom in the 16th century when more colors were introduced.