Caltagirone, built between Erei and Iblei Mountains, is famous throughout the world for its pottery. Thanks to the abundance of the excellent quality of clay in the area and a thousand-
The Vittorio Emanuele Public Garden
The Caltagirone Public Garden, to locals known as "The Villa Comunale", is a "green island" of particularly beauty. It was designed by the architect Giovanni Battista Basile in the mid-
Regional Ceramics Museum
The Museum is located in a building of 50’s, after some refurbishment works in 1965 it was opened as Museum. The main entrance let us appreciate the artistic value of a portal from 19 th century, a scenic architecture of balconies and stairways with pottery decorations. Nowadays, this is the only Sicilian Institution that documents ceramics production and the production of pottery, figures, tiles, etc. The museum is articulated in three sections, where ceramics of various ages are exhibited, from the pre-
Location: Via Giardino Pubblico
Info: 0933 58418/423
Opening hours: All days 9:00 -
Ticket: Full price – 4,00 €; Reduced price -
Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
At the top of the monumental staircase there is the Mother Church of S. Maria del Monte; its altar is graced with a 13 th century panel painting of the Madonna of Conadomini.
The Cathedral of San Giuliano
At the beginning of 1300 it was one of the richest churches in Caltagirone. The church was built during the Norman domination and dedicated to San Giuliano. Unfortunately, the earthquakes in 1542 and 1693 badly damaged it, and, today, the remains of the ancient church are kept at the Regional Museum of Ceramics of Caltagirone. In 1816 the church of San Giuliano became "Cathedral". The façade of Cathedral built in art nouveau, is dominated by an imposing ceramic dome and the steeple that reaches 48 meters high. Inside the church is divided into the nave and two aisles. The vault of Cathedral is enriched by a series of frescoes, painted by Giuseppe Vaccaro in 1862. In one of the side-
The Civic Museum at the Bourbon Prison
The Civic Museum is housed in the building that used to be a prison for about 100 years during the Bourbon period. It is a square and austere building, built by the Syracuse architect Natale Bonajuto in 1782. The museums contains various prehistoric and historic material, coins, sculptures and painting, some by respectable local artists like the brothers Giuseppe and Francesco Vaccaro.
Location: Via Roma 10
Info: 0933 31590
Opening hours: Monday closed; Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 – 13:30; Sunday 9:30 – 12:30
Ticket: Free entrance
The staircase is illuminated again on August 14 th and 15 th for the solemnity of Maria SS. Del Ponte, because the staircase belongs to the neighbouring church named after Her.
In the months of May and June, the town celebrates its Scala Infiorata festival dedicated to the Madonna di Conadomini. Scala di Santa Maria del Monte is completely covered with thousands flowers and plants, which create a beautiful series of vivid geometric patterns climbing up the staircase.
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HOW TO REACH
By car: from Catania / SS417 Caltagirone-
By train: from/to Catania
Call Centre -
By bus: from Catania & Syracuse -
AST – 840 000323
SAIS – 0935 500902
By plane: the nearest airport is "Fontanarossa" in Catania (70km)
Location: Piazza Municipio -
Info: 0933 41365
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 19:00