Italy in miniature
Driving along the coast northward from Amalfi towards Positano, you pass through the tiny burg of Praiano. Just before you get there, on the uphill side of the road, in a wide spot where you can pull off, is a miniature version in ceramic.
There are a number of these miniatures in this area, but this is the largest and most interesting.
The miniature city is both accurate and complete. There is a plaque from the artist:
The climate here is much like California, with hot, dry summers. Cactus grows quite a bit in this area.
High and to the right of the construction is a Nativity Scene, just because we’re in Italy. There is a donation box to assist in the maintenance, naturally.
Ceramics have been important in this area for 3000 years; the clay here must be just right. There are many ceramic factories where you can get a set of dishes custom made, or invest in “art” or serving platters or huge ceramic tables which would be great on the patio. I think it’s interesting that local artists do these miniatures not for profit but for the love of their art.