Italy is basically a country with hills and there are only a few places where it is relatively flat. So it is no wonder that after walking around for three months this past spring all over Italy that I experienced the painful plantar fasciitis, which took about five months to go away. Still it was worth it but next time I would wear athletic shoes, and not care about fashion sense so much.
Many of Italy’s villages and towns have wonderful staircases to traverse the varying levels of elevation in these places. Here are a few photos of those remarkable staircases.
Imagine that the locals who live here have to go up and down these steep staircases every day with groceries and anything else they may need to take with them including luggage if they are traveling. This is one of the reasons that I say life in Italy is harder than in America.
This is the famous staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily decorated with flowers. The staircase is known in Italy as Scala di Santa Maria del Monte, an exceptional staircase of 142 steps, connecting the old city at the top to the new at the bottom. The risers of each step are uniquely painted majolica tiles, and no two have the same design.