La scala illuminata 2 - A. Annaloro in Archivio Fotografico Musei Civici L Santa Maria del Monte Staircase

The Scala Santa Maria del Monte Staircase is the monument that best represents Caltagirone in Italy and around the world. Also known as the San Giacomo Staircase, it is about 130 meters long and is spread over 142 steps. Its his

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Musei Civici Carcere Borbonico 13 - Enzo Piluso in Archivio Fotografico Musei Civici Luigi Sturzo Caltagirone Civic Museums at Borbonico Prison

After crossing the 17th century San Francesco Bridge, decorated with beautiful ceramics in relief, we find ourselves in the city center. Standing immediately on the left is the impressive building of the former Borbonico Prison.

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Museo delle ville storiche caltagironesi 1 - Gaetano Gambino in Archivio Fotografico Musei Civici L. Sturzo Caltagirone Museum of Historical Villas in Caltagirone and Sicily

In aristocratic Villa Patti, reopened to the public after the recent restoration, is one of the most fascinating museums in the city. Visiting the garden gives you the impression of reliving the romantic and refined life in the

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Basilica di San Giacomo 4 - Fine Art Produzioni Basilica of San Giacomo

From Piazza Municipio, going west along Via Vittorio Emanuele, you reach the Largo San Giacomo where the eponymous basilica stands. The Basilica of San Giacomo is linked to the date July 25, 1090, when Ruggero I of Sicily, Count

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Chiesa di San Giuliano 2 - Fine Art Produzioni Cathedral of San Giuliano

In the heart of the historical center, on Via Duomo is the main church of Caltagirone and the home of the diocese is dedicated to San Giuliano. Built in Norman times, the church was badly damaged during the earthquakes of 1542 a

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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Monte 5 - Fine Art Produzioni Church of Santa Maria del Monte

The Church of Santa Maria del Monte is located in the oldest part of town, on top of the famous staircase. Before the construction of the San Giuliano cathedral, it was the city’s main church. The staircase of Caltagirone, which

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Cimitero Monumentale 11 - Fine Art Produzioni Monumental Cemetery

About 4 km from the center of Caltagirone, along Via Colombo, on Via Nicastro you will reach the monumental cemetery and a majestic Gothic-Sicilian building. The monument has a square plan with an inscribed Greek cross formed by

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Chiesa di San Giorgio 6 - Fine Art Produzioni Church of San Giorgio

Down the via Sturzo opens up San Giorgio square where the homonymous church stands. It was built by the Genoese that arrived in Caltagirone around the year 1000. They were determined to celebrate their victory against the Sarace

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Chiesa di San Domenico o del Rosario 5 - Fine Art Produzioni Church of Santissimo Salvatore and Church of San Domenico

Walking along Via Sturzo to San Domenico square, standing facing one another are the church of San Domenico and the church of Santissimo Salvatore. The latter was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693 and is linked to the presenc

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Chiesa del Gesù ed ex convento dei Gesuiti 3 - Fine Art Produzioni Church of Gesù and the former Jesuit College

In Via Discesa del Collegio you can admire the Church of Gesù or the College, built in the second half of the 16th century. Despite the damage suffered as a result of the disastrous earthquakes of 1693 and 1908, and damage from

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Santuario Maria SS. del ponte 2 - Fine Art Produzioni Santuario Maria Santissima del Ponte

Following Via Maria Santissima del Ponte we reach the Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Ponte, entirely rebuilt in the 18th century but dating back to 1573, just one year after the miraculous appearance of the Virgin, which occurred

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Corte Capitanale 3 - Fine Art Produzioni Capitaniale Court

Piazza Municipio overlooks some of the most historically important buildings in the city including the Capitaniale Court, originally home to the Captain of Justice, considered one of the most important Renaissance public buildin

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Tondo Vecchio 1 - Fine Art Produzioni Tondo Vecchio

Following Via Roma in the direction of the Civic Museums you will find a lookout point called Tondo Vecchio that looks onto a landscape of mountains and valleys. The lookout was built in the late 18th century by F. Battaglia as

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Chiesa e Convento dei Frati Minori Cappuccini 2 - Fine Art Produzioni Friars Minor Convenutali Monumental Complex and the Church of the Immaculate

  In Piazza San Francis of Assisi you can visit the monastic complex of the Friars Minor Conventuali, which can be accessed through a beautiful cloister. Although the building was first hit by a disastrous earthquake in 169

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Chiesa di San Giuseppe 3 - Fine Art Produzioni Church of San Giuseppe

At the bottom of Santa Maria del Monte Staircase you can find the Church of San Giuseppe, built in the 18th century and designed by Rosario Gagliardi. The church presents a characteristic centric plant, not common in the typical

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Chiesa del SS Salvatore 3 - Fine Art Produzioni Church of Santissimo Salvatore

Walking along Via Sturzo to San Domenico square, standing facing one another are the church of San Domenico and the church of Santissimo Salvatore. The latter was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693 and is linked to the presenc

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MACC 11 - Enzo Piluso in Archivio Fotografico Musei Civici Luigi Sturzo Caltagirone MACC – Museum of Contemporary Art

On Via Luigi Sturzo you can reach the MACC, Museum of Contemporary Art of Caltagirone, established in 1996 thanks to the generous donation of works by the local artist Gianni Ballarò from his wife, Carmela Pasqualino. Located in

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Museo Naturalistico 9 - Fine Art Produzioni Caltagirone Natural History Museum and Bosco di Santo Pietro Nature Reserve

The museum was founded with the intent to promote Caltagirone and the area’s natural features. It is composed of three exhibition areas: an introductory section, geological and biological (wooded area) sections. The materials on

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Museo Internazionale del Presepe 5 - Enzo Piluso in Archivio Fotografico Musei Civici Luigi Sturzo Caltagirone International Nativity Scene Museum, Luigi Colaleo Collection

Near Largo San Luigi located inside the San Luigi Elementary School, which was once the seat of the Municipal Library, it is now possible to visit the International Nativity Scene Museum. The building that houses the museum has

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Presepe Monumentale dei Cappuccini 4 - Fine Art Produzioni Capuchin Monumental Nativity Scene

Besides being known for its ceramics, Caltagirone is also known as the City of the Nativity Scene for the famous creations of its master potters and figurines of shepherds for sale in numerous workshops. There are also many nati

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Museo della ceramica 4 - Enzo Piluso in Archivio Fotografico Musei Civici L.Sturzo Caltagirone Museum of Contemporary Ceramics

Going down Via Roma, the ancient royal road Maria Carolina, runs along the Public Garden and then on to the so-called Teatrino, a terraced staircase decorated with ceramic tiles from the 18th century (designed by the Syracusan N

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Monte delle Prestanze 1 - Enzo Piluso in Archivio Fotografico Musei Civici L.Sturzo Caltagirone Monte delle prestanze

The “Monte delle prestanze”, also known as “Monte di pietà”, was built by architect Natale Bonaiuto in Piazza Umberto I (ex Piazza Mercato), on the remains of Church of Santa Caterina virgin and martyr. The building, completed i

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Village of Sant’Ippolito

At about 4 km North East of the city center, on a slight hill called Sant’Ippolito or Bersaglio hill, in the torrent valley of Caltagirone, you can visit the prehistoric site of Sant’Ippolito. The Neolithic village, brought to l

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Museum of Historical and Contemporary Photography

A short walk from the Public Garden public, in Palazzina San Luigi, former Carabinieri barracks, is the Museum of Historical and Contemporary Photography, which occupies the entire first floor of the building. It is the first st

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