Caltagirone, a stairway to heaven

Nov 10, 2019 222

BY: Mariella Radaelli

Brimming with cultural vigor, strength and resilience, Caltagirone is the heart of the authentic, wild southeastern Sicily. The scenic town is a small slice of heaven just 40 miles from Catania that proudly acknowledges its multi-layered past. 

It remains a visibly-striking late Baroque town. Its old historic center was listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2002, together with seven other locales in the Noto Valley. The town’s undeniable hallmark, top attraction and destination are the imposing Santa Maria del Monte Stairs linking the upper and lower towns. The spectacular, flowery 142-step staircase isn’t just a means of movement— each step is a statement and dramatic work of art.

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