Known as the Sicilian city of ceramics, Caltagirone is located in the province of Catania, and approximately 70 km southwest of the city of Catania, an easy day trip if you are staying in Catania.
Walking through the city, ceramics are everywhere — on railings, embedded into walls, on signs, and, of course, in the shops. There are several hundred ceramics shops here, and you could spend all day browsing the selection. I was in my glory here and could have stayed a week.
The centro storico, or historic district, is where its famous landmark can be found, this being La Scalinetta, a staircase with 142 steps. What makes this so unique is that on each riser are hand-painted ceramic majolica tiles, no two the same.
In shades of blues, greens, and yellows, each tile has a different design.
This Sicilian design created in ceramic is known as Trinacria and is a classic icon for Sicily.
Locals sometimes adorn the outside of their homes with one, or in these instances, the outside of a ceramic shop. Which do you like better? I couldn’t decide since they both are so detailed and colorful.
I hope you have the chance to visit Sicily, and especially this wonderful city of ceramics, Caltagirone. If you’d like to read more about my experiences in Caltagirone, you may like these older posts.
Have you visited Caltagirone? I’m interested in your feedback, so please leave a comment.
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