CATANIA CALTAGIRONE


8 May 2018
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Tuesday
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202 km
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CALTAGIRONE

With its 40,000 inhabitants Caltagirone is situated on three hills that connect the Erei mountains to the Iblei mountains. Its name in Arabic means “vase hill” to remind people of the thousand-year-old tradition of pottery production which is possible thanks to the big ravines that surround the town and from which the raw material is extracted. The pottery is a constant all over the town, starting from the Scala of Santa Maria del Monte, the town symbol, 142 steps decorated with beautiful majolica. The town center, rich with artistic jewels, Unesco World Heritage Site since 2002, combine medieval features with Renaissance and late Baroque monuments.

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FOOD

Maccu verde (fresh broad bean soup), Cassatedde, Sicilian cannoli, cubaita (soft nougat), giuggiulena (honey and sesame seed toffee).

WINE

Nero d’Avola, Cerasuolo.

MAIN SIGHTS

The old town (UNESCO World Heritage), Basilica Cattedrale di San Giuliano (13th century), Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte, Monumental Cemetery (19th century), Museo Regionale della Ceramica (regional Ceramics Museum).

HISTORY

Population: 38,000

Foundation: Roman age

Ancient name: Calatageron

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