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Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte

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Address: Caltagirone, Sicily, Italy

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Original staircase with local ceramic steps and a great view

This is an interesting staircase in the center of town with more than 140 steps, each framed with different ceramic. It is framed by nice baroque buildings and the view from the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
marcopolo111
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Cleveland, Oh
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Cleveland, Oh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is an interesting staircase in the center of town with more than 140 steps, each framed with different ceramic. It is framed by nice baroque buildings and the view from the top is superb. Surprisingly, since this, and the ceramic pottery, are the claim to fame of the town, it is a little run down, with some garbage, wild... More 

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South africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Real old world charm. Very interesting little ceramic shops all along the sides of the staircase to visit, with lovely ceramic pots and plates and all sorts of nic-nacs.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We popped into Caltagirone for some ceramics on our way to Ville Romana dei Casala and weren't disappointed. We had great coffee in the piazza municipal at the old theatre and browsed the nearby shops for what we wanted all pretty much at the foot of the staircase of Santa Marie. It is a great sight in a lovely town.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

These 142 steps are very pretty to look at. If you are fit enough to climb them, good for you. But if you cannot, do not worry, the view is better from down the steps.

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Hermitage, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

On a recent trip to Sicily, we stopped by Caltagirone to see the Sicilian baroque buildings (awesome). We were incredibly lucky and were there on an evening when the stairs were lit (enlightened) with luminaria. This happens usually three times a year but the diocese was celebrating its 200th anniversary so the steps were lit for a fourth time. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

This stunning stairway is a pure artistic urban artifact. Each step shows a different decoration made by, of course, ceramic tile from Caltagirone masters. This city is perfect to be visited at any time even more suggestive during Christmas time, they are famous all over for the ceramic artifacts, and the nativity of Jesus Christ is the main theme by... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely place to wander around. Churches or palazzi everywhere. The steps lead off a square serving fast food and the usual ceramic shops too. Steps were a nice touch, some pavements nearby also had small ceramic tiles in centre of stone design. View from bottom was good- so many steps!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

You can pauze and look up or down and enjoy the other people climbing the stairs - kids running, olders ones pacing their steps.

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were browing through the ceramic shops that line the main stairway of the town. One of the shop owners told us that the ceramic tiles decorating the stairs actually is a pictorial record of how the artistic style of the ceramica changed through the years. Interesting piece of trivia. Definitely worth the walk up the staircase.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

If you visit Caltagirone this might be your main goal. Down at the beginning of the stairs there is a small pasticceria, where you can get some food and drinking stuff to start with more energy. The cannoli with pistachio are really very good. The whol stairs look like for heavy work to get up, but dont worry, it is... More 

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