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Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte

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Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte

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Elena Ciocan wrote a review Dec 2020
Timisoara, Romania1 731 contributions318 helpful votes
This staircase is just amazing. Seen from the bottom it is like a canvas. At each step you discover new patterns, including a prayer.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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colin d wrote a review Oct 2020
uk96 contributions53 helpful votes
Great spot to get wonderful views of the town and to start to explore Caltagirone, very similar to Genova lots of atmospheric narrow carrugi.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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traveltheglobe wrote a review May 2020
Singapore, Singapore723 contributions153 helpful votes
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What a sight to behold! 142 beautiful ceramic encrusted steps, each a masterpiece of its own. Lovely motifs of knights, flowers, dancers, geometric patterns, etc. Turn left somewhere about 30 steps midway and you’ll find a beautiful ceramic wall tucked away from public view. Caltagirone is such a charming little town and I think it deserves at least half a day to explore the streets and galleries with artisans working on their craft. We were enroute to Piazza America and it was a pity that we could only make a brief stop.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Alan S wrote a review Nov 2019
Glen Iris, Australia409 contributions131 helpful votes
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We decided to stop at this town on our way to the Valley of the Temples and we are all so glad we did. It truly is a gem and this staircase the heart of it. The whole town is about ceramics and the shops off the staircase highlight this and more. You could spend hours browsing these ceramics shops who are only too pleased to take you through the manufacture process. It wasn't busy and the whole place had a great vibe. This whole place should be as well known as the baroque towns of the south east. A must.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Lauren S wrote a review Nov 2019
Sicily, Italy35 contributions10 helpful votes
The staircase is a spectacular example of how art and history commingle in Sicily. It's designed as multiple neighborhood entrances up and down this lovely city.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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