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Caltagirone - Stairs of S. Maria del Monte made of ceramics   Caltagirone - Typical Ceramics

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In the heart of Sicily, picturesque position, surrounded by Iblei mounts on one side and by Erei mounts on the other, in a landscape characterized through calcareous rocks, the town of Caltagirone has been famous since very antique times for the valuable industry of majolica and the manufactured articles are visible everywhere along the streets of the old town centre in the many handicraft shops.
The Arabian domination corresponds to a crucial period in the history of the town. It was in that period that the topographical profile, characterized through narrow lanes, took shape which the town has conserved till now and thanks to Arabians the local ceramists refined and learned new techniques such as the realization of polychromatic ceramics glazed on glass. Among the Islamic still intact lanes the following stand out: the famous stairs of Chiesa Santa Maria del Monte, the Museum of ceramics and the Norman Dom.
Caltagirone is about 70 KM far from the PRINCIPE HOTEL CATANIA (about 1 hour)
HOW TO GET TO Caltagirone
By Car
Go all over the SS 192 Catania-Gela and follow the road sign to Caltagirone 
By Bus
Catania-Caltagirone Line
Departure from Catania Central Station (2 km far from the hotel), Airport Station and Borsellino Square Station (200 m far from the hotel)
Arrival to Caltagirone Central Station
AST Company - Azienda Siciliana Trasporti
Catania-Palagonia-Caltagirone Line
Departure from Catania Central Station (2 km far from the Hotel)
Arrival to Caltagirone Central Station
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