Caltagirone

The Maiolica of the staircase

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In 1956, the staircase was enriched and embellished with a colourful maiolica covering. The idea was to celebrate the thousand-year-old tradition of Sicilian maiolica makers. For this reason, Professor Antonino Ragona, head of the project, chose to reproduce maiolica designs from the 10th-20th century.
The steps were covered from top to bottom. The maiolica tiles were inserted in chronological order, from the earliest century to present day. The first two steps commemorate Antonio Ragona and those who created the decorations (Gesualdo Aqueci, Francesco Ludice and Nicola Porcelli). The other 140 steps are divided into ten sections, one for each century starting from the 10th century. So as you climb the stairs, you are retracing the history of Caltagirone pottery from the antiquity until today.
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The maiolica tiles are a triumph of yellow, turquoise and green. One after another, geometrical decorations, human and floral figures alternate and portray the characteristic maiolica styles of Arabic, Norman, Suevian, Angevin-Aragonese, Chiaramontano, Spanish, Renaissance, Baroque, 18th century, 19th century and contemporary production.
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A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A triumph of colour

A city in colour

A long reconstruction

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The role of the religious orders in rebuilding the Val di Noto

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The city of museums

The theatre of taste

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giuliano ai Crociferi

The wall comes to life

Church of San Giuliano (St. Julian) on Via dei Crociferi: reconstruction

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Maiolica of the staircase

From the contrast of the exterior to the internal jubilation of colours

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Connections with other UNESCO sites

From International Gothic to present day

A museum to save a tradition

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A new site for a new city

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A new site for a new church

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A hall for the feasts

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and San NicoIò l’Arena

Searching for colour

An eagle-shaped city

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Discovering the mother church

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The two churches

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The Burgos crucifix

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A feast only for Scicli

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A square as the heart of the city

A talking palace

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A prominent church

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

One city, two sites

A majestic and luminous church

Prominent façade

The Staircase of Angels

Two illustrious patron saints

A half-Baroque church

The senses tell the Mother Church of San Nicolò and of the Santissimo Salvatore

Some masterpieces

Freedom of worship and the role of the Catholic Church in the diffusion of Baroque

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The interior and its masterpieces

The colours of the cathedral

New roads for Catania

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell the story of the church of Santa Maria del Carmelo

A colourful floor

Many owners, one palace

The church of Carmine

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giovanni Battista

The senses tell the story of the Badia di Sant’Agata

Wonderful quick decorations

Norman apses

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Between white and black

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The chocolate of Modica

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Some prestigious works

The senses tell the story of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte

Feast days

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The disastrous earthquake

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A small room with a golden entrance

A miniature city

One city, three sites

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista

A symbol for the town

The internal colours

The façade used as a puppet theatre