Walking, excursions and shopping
Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone
All the year
archeology, walking and ceramics lovers
Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone.
A tour through the rolling hills of inland Sicily, between archeology and handicrafts.
Situated between the soft Sicilian hinterland hills, a few kilometers from Agrigento, Piazza Armerina is a small and often undisclosed location dating back to medieval times.
Near the small village there is the most famous Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO heritage, which boasts some Roman mosaics of great value, unique to the narrative style that characterizes them for their colors and variety of characters.
A few kilometers northwest from the Roman villa there are the remains of an ancient greek settlement. Are the ruins of Morgantina where you can still see the main meeting places of the ancient city like the agora, the market or the greek theater.
Sicily is also famous for its arts and crafts work.
La cittadina di Caltagirone può essere considerata la capitale della ceramica siciliana.
The Arabs transferred the culture of ceramic processing to the Sicilian people, with staining and glazing methods that will become a real art.
Walking through the city every corner and every detail reminds that she is the lady of the ceramics, and the famous Santa Maria del Monte Scala is a real celebration of that mastery.
With its 142 steps completely covered with hand-made tiles, each step is a continuous surprise, and during the St. James feast the beauty of the staircase is even more enhanced with the more than 4,000 oil lamps light. Obviously you can not get lost among the many craft shops, from which surely will not leave empty-handed.