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Introducing Zalipie

The village of Zalipie, 36km northwest of Tarnów, has been known as a centre for folk painting for more than a century, since its inhabitants started to decorate both the inside and outside of their houses with colourful floral designs. Today about 20 such houses can be seen in Zalipie, with another dozen or so in the neighbouring villages of Kuzie, Niwka and Kłyż.

The best-known painter was Felicja Curyłowa (1904–74), and since her death her three-room farmhouse has been opened to the public as the Felicja Curyłowa Farmstead Museum (Muzeum Zagroda Felicji Curyłowej; 014 641 1912; adult/concession 3/1.50zł; 10am-4pm Tue-Sun). If you find it locked, ask for the keys from the house (Zalipie 196) across the road. Every flat surface is painted with colourful flowers, and on display are painted dishes, icons and costumes.

In order to help maintain the tradition, the Painted Cottage (Malowana Chata) contest for the best decorated house has been held annually since 1948, during the weekend after Corpus Christi (late May or June).

At the House of Painters (Dom Malarek; 014 641 1938; Zalipie 128a; 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm Sat & Sun Jun-Aug, 8am-4pm Mon-Fri Sep-May), which serves as a centre for the village’s artists, you can watch the women painters at work. There’s also a gift shop here, with guides and maps.