Caltagirone trip planner

A ceramics capital in the center of Sicily

Why Caltagirone?

Caltagirone (from the Arabic for "castle-cave") was founded in the Bronze Age on a trio of hilltops, giving the medieval city a intricate street plan today lined by baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, many studded and decorated with painted ceramics and tiles.

They've been making pots in Caltagirone for 4,000 years, but it was with the Arab conquest in the 9th century that the ceramics industry really picked up and the local craftsmen refined their majolica art.

Today the little city thrives on the tourists and collectors who visit its some 130 ceramics studios and showrooms, and it is home to Sicily's regional ceramics museum.

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Caltagirone tourist office:
Via Volta Libertini 4/Piazza Umberto (upstairs in the Palazzo Libertini di S. Marco)
tel. +39-0933-53-809
www.comune.caltagirone.ct.it

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Caltagirone is in central southern Sicily, 33km (20 miles) southeast of Piazza Armerina and 60km (37 miles) north of Ragusa. There are a few direct buses to Caltagirone; most trains require a change at Gela. » more

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Caltagirone tourist office:
Via Volta Libertini 4/Piazza Umberto (upstairs in the Palazzo Libertini di S. Marco)
tel. +39-0933-53-809
www.comune.caltagirone.ct.it

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