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Discover Caltagirone
with Tour In Sicily

Not only the famous "Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte"

Famous for its ceramics, Caltagirone is an inland town with an ancient and fascinating history. One of the main attractions is the 142-step staircase decorated with magnificent colorful local majolica tiles.
Caltagirone is perfect to visit on organized one-day tours.

Our Itinerary

We take you to discover the hidden beauties of this incredible UNESCO heritage city, with its historic buildings, its pottery and artisan workshops.

Visit "Honey House" (With tasting and demonstration)
Present in the Calatino area since 1980, it mainly deals with bee breeding and the production of honey, produced largely in the Mediterranean scrub of the Bosco di Santo Pietro nature reserve located about 20km from the city. The company is located in the suburban area of the city of Caltagirone, known since the dawn of time for its refined art ceramics, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
Built in 1606, the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte connects the ancient part of Caltagirone to that new, built in the upper part. The stairway, over 130 meters long, was originally built in swings. In 1844 the various ramps were unified, thus giving life to the one hundred and forty-two steps decorated with ceramic tile.
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Piazza Umberto I and its buildings
Beautiful and important civil buildings overlook Piazza Umberto I, which are also worth seeing from the outside. The first of these is the Monte delle Prestanze, now the seat of the Banco di Sicilia, characterized by slender columns decorating the lower floor; the Palazzo Crescimanno d'Albafiorita, a sumptuous residence eighteenth-century rich in works of art; the Palazzo Libertini di San Marco, an ancient bishop's seat, now used at the direction of the civic museums.
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The loggia (refreshment point)
Halfway through we will stop in this beautiful historic location to enjoy a lunch immersed in art and culture
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Bourbon prison
It was built between 1782 and 1798 by the Syracusan architect Natale Bonaiuto, in the place where the workshops of the ceramists to whom was assigned in exchange, for the construction of the new workshops, a land in S. Orsola. The need to build this new prison building arose following the earthquake of the 11th January 1693 which completely destroyed the old Arab-Norman castle, partially used as a prison. It is a severe building with a square plan, of great size, very compact and yet elegant, because lightened by the insertion of the giant order, placed on a rusticated base, and by the volutes of the windows which, with their chiaroscuro, draw and mark the rhythm of the façade. This is crowned by a cornice with the city's coat of arms in the centre.
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St. Julian's Cathedral
The church of San Giuliano dates back to Norman times, and is one of the best preserved examples, even if it has undergone numerous alterations over the centuries, due to damage caused by earthquakes. The interior consists of three naves, separated by a colonnade, with arches embellished with splendid frescoes. On 12 September 1816, Pope Pius VII, through the papal bull Romanus Pontifex, created the diocese of Caltagirone and elevated the church of San Giuliano to a cathedral.
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San Francesco bridge
Decorated with beautiful ceramics in relief, built in 1626 by Orazio Torriani to connect two of the three hills on which the city stands, it was completed in 1665 by the architect Bonaventura Certò da Messina. It rests its foundations in the underlying via Infermeria and via Porta Veneto, it has 5 arches, only one of which is open.
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Museo della ceramica
About 2,500 ceramic exhibits are collected inside the Caltagirone ceramic museum made in Sicily starting from the 4th millennium BC. up to the contemporary age. Second only to the Museum of Faenza, the complex can be defined as "a museum within a museum" as the exhibition is housed in a 1950s Art Nouveau building, with two imposing staircases of enormous charm at the entrance.
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Maria SS. del Monte Church
It stands in the oldest part of the city, and has been damaged and rebuilt several times. Located at the top at the homonymous staircase, it presents the vault of the nave decorated with frescoes depicting biblical heroines. In it is also kept the Sacred Image of the Madonna of Conadomini, dear to the citizens, which they express their devotion in the month of May entirely dedicated to the cult of Mary.
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Museum of cribs and the lego (on request)
The nativity scene museum was born in 1998 thanks to the "Amici del favo" association and includes more than 2,500 pieces collected from all over the world including more than 500 from South America and enclosed in a single room. Suggestive nativity scenes such as that of bread or pasta, in memory of Sicilian culture:
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Visit to a ceramic workshop (With demonstration)
Among the many artisans who work and create the wonderful ceramics of Caltagirone in their workshops, we will have the opportunity to have a demonstration of how clay is worked to then become A work of art.
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Villa Comunale and public garden
The garden is built on the model of English parks, and is characterized by an Art Nouveau entrance, and by a long internal avenue, where you can admire terracotta vases, majolica and ornamental terracotta. In the in the central square there is a Moorish-style musical stage, while in the lower part it is possible admire one of the basins of the Flora Fountain by the Florentine sculptor and architect Camillo Camillians.
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