Caltagirone

Caltagirone is famous worldwide for its precious ceramics, today it is one of its main attractions along with the 142 tiled steps, SM del Monte, which have become the emblematic symbol of the city.

But it offers much more.

Here are some tips that will help you to really know the city.

The historic city center is a mix of history, in fact, a short walk from Casa carruggiu you will find yourself on the famous Steps of SM Monte with a breathtaking view, from here you can admire the building of St. Augustine, the mother church of Santa Maria del Monte, its mosaic panel and the ancient bell of Altavilla.
At the foot of the staircase you find yourself in the heart of the city which consists of the Town Hall Square, La Loggia and Umberto I Square.
Nearby are: The Cathedral of San Giuliano, the Bourbon prison, and the Ponte di San Francesco, with its majolica decorations, further on you will find yourselves on the historic Via Roma Street which leads to the delightful Public Gardens.

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Greeks, Sicilians, Saracens and Spanish occupied Caltagirone over the centuries, leaving remarkable archaeological, artistic and architectural evidence of their passage. For archeological lovers we suggest two sites of great interest: San Mauro and San Ippolito, which date back to ancient times and testify the history of Caltagirone.

The typical products of the local gastronomy refer mainly to agriculture, such as Simeto wheat, AOC olive oil and local wines, including Nero d' Avola and Cerasuolo di Vittoria. Equally important is the production of honey, the traditional excellence of our territory. Among the traditional Calatina dishes, we recommend the "green maccu", a soup made from fresh fava beans; the "cooked wheat” a typical dish of the Feast of Saint Lucia and finally the "hot muffulette", which are linked to the feast of 8th December. Among the desserts inherited from the Arab tradition we have fresh ricotta "cassatedde" and the famous "cannoli", also special honey nougat: the "cubaita" and "giuggiulena", respectively, made of chickpeas and sesame. If you come during the Christmas festivities, try the "cudduredde", instead during the week of Easter you can find "panareddu" in the bakers and biscuit shops, do not miss it!

Il Bosco di Santo Pietro, the woods, is definitely a stop not to be missed for those who want to experience close contact with nature. It represents the largest forest area ofsouth-central Sicily, as well as a precious natural wildlife area consisting of plant and animal species in danger of extinction. 30,000 hectares of nature reserve that provide pathways for easy walking and also for a more challenging hike or simply the chance to enjoy beautiful landscapes!