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At the beginning of the ' 900 has been switching from Grottaglie ancient, Medieval, linked to the old agricultural mentality, as of today, where he lived a life dominated by agriculture, where there were pottery, with 52 workshops, that are present at that time still oggi.Grottaglie, as regards the work, It was a city that relied essentially on agriculture. There were especially vineyards, ficheti, almond. In the economy instead has had a transition from an agricultural to a mainly Grottaglie Grottaglie with mixed economy. About 1500 grottagliesi went to work at the Italsider, There were already about 5000 people working in this great industry. Under the social aspect, Grottaglie the farm was free, where he lived between road, casa e piazza. The road was a continuation of the house, and the square was the meeting place. The joy of the neighborhood was the delight of all, the pain was the pain of a family in the neighborhood. If a child was born it was a joy for all, if there was a disease or death was a pain for all. There was this great sense of provincial cities, we dove era solidarity. In 1960 Grottaglie entered a donation, that Robert Guiscard, Mensa granted to the Archbishop of Taranto, to thank the Pope for favors received. Therefore, Grottaglie was no longer a city but by the secular 1960 became an episcopal city. In fact, Castle which is still the symbol of power, is a castle Episcopio, because the rule is that belonged to the Bishop, who resided six months and six months in Grottaglie Taranto. In the castle there is also a garden dedicated to him (Il Giardino di Giacomo D'Atri). Instead, in Piazza Regina Margherita is the Palazzo Cicinelli. Which, stemmed from the principles Cicinelli, , who bought this land contendendosela always with the bishop. So, Grottaglie was forced to pay taxes, both the Bishop and the Prince Cicinelli. Some Grottaglie not being able to pay them went away. Among the major activities of the past, remember that an activity, poi sparita a Grottaglie, is that of "tanner”. In fact, there is still an area called "Bbasciu there we cunsature" (the current Via Crispi), where you worked. It 'a trade brought by the Jews, who were expelled from Oria to stand in the ravines of Grottaglie. Then, he could not get into the walls, they, worked in the extreme zones of Grottaglie. E 'remained alive the tradition of "pottery”. Over time, the old town was abandoned, the population has spread outside the walls. In the country there are ancient 19 Palaces (this is. Palazzo De Felice vicino a Piazza S. Lucia, Palazzo Pignatelli vicino a Piazza S. Lucia, Comet Palace near the Poor Clares, Palace Blasi, Palace Motolese, Martellotta near the old Palace Bar Sun, behind there is Palazzo Scardino, going to the Madonna del Lume there are two other, etc. ...). The Porta S. George was demolished in 1861 after the unification of Italy, then we have the Porta S. Antonio and Porta S. Angelo, also demolished today. Unfortunately, this ancient part of Grottaglie was abandoned, despite the presence of these beautiful buildings.

During the period of the war recalled that the 25 July 1943, the airport was bombed by the British and splinters came right on the terraces of the houses of Grottaglie. Many people died. At that time there were Germans in Grottaglie, Polish, and had the headquarters of the General Staff, where there is the old headquarters of the Institute of Art(opened in 1934), instead the school Via Calo made by ospedale.Quindi, the old Art Institute, Elementary School Calo Street and the railroad, are, Grottaglie, fascist symbol of the power of that period. In fact, when the station was opened in Grottaglie, da Mussolini, was arranged of "capasoni" in a row from both sides of the road, from outside Door D. Antonio to the station.

After 8 September came immediately the British, they did escape the Americans and the Germans.

With the crisis that led to the invention of plastic in the 60s', passed in Grottaglie from a ceramic of Use (Food) ad a ceramic ARREDAMENTI (in hotels, in restaurants), which extended its market to the north (by bus, highways, etc. ...).

Grottaglie is a very religious people, has as saint San Francesco De Geronimo, then there are, i paolotti, the Carmelites, i francescani, Jesuits, the clarisse, all important orders, di cultura. To think that the end of 800 ', beginning 900 ', there were 200 thirty-five priests and churches. The boys were priests, not by vocation, but to have power. There are, however, examples of Grottaglie illustrious, come Antonio Marinaro senior, who was called to represent the church at the Council of Trent, taking the floor for three days, on faith. But we have many other priests in Grottaglie famous, Some women also, come Maria Teresa Forty who founded the order of the "Sacred Brisket", which now has convents worldwide (and think that it was just a poor illiterate peasant) and Rosana Battista cousin of the famous poet became superior of the Poor Clares.

For the tradition of pottery, in September 1887, fu fondata the School of Art that has kept alive the tradition of art in Grottaglie, not only in ceramics but also in painting and sculpture, think that a pupil of this school, Giuseppe Spagnulo, was one of the greatest sculptors of Europe, but there are also artists who have become famous. It had among its directors: "Men of unquestionable prestige and professional preparation, as Camillo De Rossi, Anselmo De Simone, Gennaro Court, Fiancarlo Polidori and Angelo Peluso ".

Grottaglie already had a hospital (located near Santa Chiara) in 1400, which was founded by the Venetians, that's why it was called San Marco, then there was a law that increased the old hospital and they built another in 1968/9.

Other important structures are those sports, Grottaglie has the finest sporting facilities across the province, if you think that a stadium, two sports fields, the pool, two palaces of sport, including the polyvalent, tennis courts and soccer.