Top things to do in Caltagirone

Top Choice Ceramics in Caltagirone

Ceramiche Alessi Di Giacomo Alessi

Giacomo Alessi is arguably Caltagirone's most famous ceramicist. Not only has his work been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, but he received a Knighthood of the Italian Republic in 2007. Inspired by classical myths…
Top Choice Seafood in Caltagirone

Il Locandiere

Those in the know head to this smart little restaurant for top-quality seafood and impeccable service. What exactly you'll eat depends on the day's catch, but the fish couscous is superb and the casarecce con ragù d…
Landmark in Caltagirone

Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte

Caltagirone's most evocative sight is this monumental staircase, known locally as the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte, which rises from Piazza Municipio to the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Monte, at the top of the t…
Sicilian in Caltagirone

Bar Judica & Trieste

It's all about the street food at this unassuming neighbourhood bar, complete with pavement patio. Scan the counter for cheap, filling bites such as pizza a taglio (pizza by the slice), arancini and calzoni. The lat…
Sicilian in Caltagirone

La Piazzetta

For many locals, Saturday night means a slap-up meal at La Piazzetta, a much-loved centro storico (historic city centre) restaurant. That might mean a pizza and beer or something more substantial such as fresh pasta…
Modern Sicilian in Caltagirone


Caltagirone's top restaurant is an established address on the island's fine-dining circuit. Its reputation rides on innovative, visually arresting cuisine, and while not every dish on the menu flies, the strike rate…
Museum in Caltagirone

Museo della Ceramica

Down from the main historic centre, this museum is the place to learn about the Sicilian ceramics industry. Exhibits, which include Greek terracotta works, medieval kitchenware and some excessively elaborate 18th-ce…
Ceramics in Caltagirone

Le Maioliche di Riccardo Varsallona

This reliably creative and innovative local ceramicist produces some interesting designs as well as the more traditional testa di Moro (Moor's head).
Church in Caltagirone

Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi

Caltagirone has an extraordinary number of churches, almost 30 in the historic centre alone. Most are baroque, dating to the building boom of the early 18th century, although some have earlier origins. One such, the…
Gardens in Caltagirone

Giardino Pubblico

Next to the Museo della Ceramica, the Giardino Pubblico is a lovely place to see out the late afternoon, perhaps with an ice cream or a glass of something cool at the park bar. Manicured avenues lead down to a beaut…