Saint Maria of Monte, Caltagirone

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Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte is a set of world-famous steps in Caltagirone, Sicily, Italy. It was built in 1606 in order to connect the ancient part of Caltagirone to the new city built in the upper part. The staircase, over 130 meters (430 ft) long, is flanked by balcony buildings and is today one of the identifying monuments of the city.

The city of Caltagirone is part of Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002.
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  • Worth a visit to the impressive steps, all 142 of them! There are some lovely little ceramic shops, most of which you can see artists working on their wares, are just off the steps on either... 
    Worth a visit to the impressive steps, all 142 of them! There are some lovely little ceramic shops, most of which you can see artists working on their wares, are just off the steps on either...  more »
  • Nestled on the top of the high hill, Caltagirone is a traditional, typical and ancient Sicilian city. At first glance it doesn't seem like anything special but, believe me, if you dare to climb all... 
    Nestled on the top of the high hill, Caltagirone is a traditional, typical and ancient Sicilian city. At first glance it doesn't seem like anything special but, believe me, if you dare to climb all...  more »
  • This staircase is just amazing. Seen from the bottom it is like a canvas. At each step you discover new patterns, including a prayer. 
    This staircase is just amazing. Seen from the bottom it is like a canvas. At each step you discover new patterns, including a prayer.  more »
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  • Really long and impressive but overshadowed by the poor state of the area
  • Beautiful place!
  • Beautiful city. Cafe at the bottom has amazing Gelato. Locals were engaging us telling us where to go for views of the city.
  • I love such picturesque places 💗 climbing up the stairs did take some time and energy, but oh boy, was it wort it!
  • Beautiful and do climb up the staircase as they are ceramic stores to admire and a wonderful view to enjoy once you reach the top.

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