Welcome to Caltagirone


Everywhere you go in Caltagirone you're reminded of its ceramic traditions, most emphatically at the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte, the town's epic, ceramic-inlaid staircase.

Caltagirone's history dates to pre-Greek times, but the town's name is Arabic in origin, a derivation of the words kalat and gerun, meaning 'castle' and 'cave'. Little remains of the town's early incarnations, as it was almost entirely destroyed by the earthquake in 1693 and subsequently rebuilt in the baroque style so typical of Sicily's southeast.


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$1668.79 Multi-day & Extended Tours

North of Sicily Tour from Catania - 8 days

1st day: Arrival in Catania by your own car, accommodation in your hotel, encounter with the guide, dinner, evening walk in the city centre, and overnight stay2nd day: Etna, Catania and Riviera dei Ciclopi: pick up from your hotel you will head for Rifugio Sapienza where you can choose one of the following options: trekking up to 2000 m; Etna high altitude option; Etna quad tour. The excursion will continue with the visit of a lava cave with helmets and torches. Then in Zafferana, where you taste typical products. The day will continue with the visit of Catania's city center, Riviera dei Ciclopi and then Acicastello. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.3rd day: Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Castelmola: After Breakfast you will go to Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony in Sicily. A stop at the wonderful “Isola Bella”, a Wildlife Reserve considered the “pearl of the Ionian” for its natural beauty. In Castelmola you will walk along the characteristics streets of the town. The last part of the excursion will be dedicated to visiting the picturesque town of Taormina. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.4th day: Siracusa, Ortigia and Noto: The tour will begin with the visit to the Archaeological park of Neapolis. You will then continue by visiting the Ortigia Island, the heart of Syracuse. After lunch (not included in the price), you will head for Noto, a unique town for its Sicilian Baroque style. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.5th day: Cefalù and Palermo: depart from the hotel towards Cefalù. You will visit the picturesque fishing town, free time for lunch. After you will move to Palermo and have a free afternoon to dedicate to shopping and relax. You will have dinner in your hotel in Palermo.6th day: Palermo and Monreale: you will dedicate the day to discover Palermo with a guide. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon you will go to Monreale for the guided tour of the Cathedral. You will return to your hotel in Palermo, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.7th day: Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone: you will depart by bus to Piazza Armerina and visit the beautiful Villa Romana del Casale. In the afternoon you will visit Caltagirone, the Sicilian pottery capital. You will also visit the famous staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, completely covered in Caltagirone majolica. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night.8th day: After breakfast at your hotel the tour will end.

$1668.79 Multi-day & Extended Tours

South of Sicily Tour from Catania for 8 days

1st day: Arrival in Catania by your own car, accommodation in your hotel, encounter with the guide, dinner, evening walk in the city centre, and overnight stay2nd day: Etna, Catania and Riviera dei Ciclopi: pick up from your hotel you will head for Rifugio Sapienza where you can choose one of the following options: Trekking up to 2000 m; Etna high altitude option; Etna quad tour. The excursion will continue with the visit of a lava cave with helmets and torches. Then in Zafferana you can taste typical products. The day will continue with the visit of Catania, Riviera dei Ciclopi and then Acicastello. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.3rd day: Siracusa, Ortigia and Noto: The excursion will begin with the visit to the Archaeological park of Neapolis. You will then continue by visiting the Ortigia Island, the heart of Syracuse. After lunch (not included in the price), you will head for Noto, a unique town for its Sicilian Baroque style. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.4th day: Ragusa, Scicli and Modica (visit of the Montalbano places)  you will depart by bus to Ragusa. You will visit the ancient part of the city, Ragusa Ibla. The day continues with the visit of Modica, also known as the “city of a hundred churches”. Last stop will be Scicli, another little gem of Sicilian baroque, with many churches that are worth a visit. You will return to your hotel in Catania for dinner and for the night.5th day: Agrigento and Valley of Temples you will depart to Agrigento for a guided tour of the Valley of Temples, one of the most important and spectacular archaeological parks in the world. You will also visit the old town of Agrigento, where you can admire real treasures. You will return to your hotel in Palermo for dinner and for the night.6th day: Palermo and Monreale you will dedicate the day to discover Palermo with a guide. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon you will go to Monreale for the guided tour of the Cathedral. You will return to your hotel in Palermo, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.7th day: Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone you will depart by bus to Piazza Armerina and visit the beautiful Villa Romana del Casale. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit Caltagirone, the Sicilian pottery capital. You will also visit the famous staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, completely covered in Caltagirone majolica. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night.8th day: After breakfast at your hotel the tour will end.

$122.16 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tour to Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina

Pick-up service at your accommodation or in the close vicinity, with comfortable and luxury 8-seats vehicle, at around 9:00 am.Our first stop will be Caltagirone (UNESCO World Heritage), which is famous for its production of pottery. This tradition of ancient ceramics dates back to Arab dominations, and still holds its characteristic colours, blue and yellow. The Arabian contribution to the city culture is honored in the name of the town, that according to the most intriguing hypothesis, might be derived from the Moorish for “castle” or “fortress of vases”.You will visit the historical center, the famous “Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte“, and the culture of pottery in all the city:  excellent colored glazes blue and green that adorn the streets, staircases, balconies, squares, fountains, churches and palaces.For the tour Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina you will enjoy a free snack: delicious tasting of typical products from Sicilian culinary tradition as the famous “tavola calda – hot table“. You will eat several arancini, pizza, calzoni, along with Sicilian Doc wine.In the afternoon we will move to Piazza Armerina, city that hosts a huge Roman villa (UNESCO heritage site). A majestic imperial villa originally property of a powerful Roman family. Here you will find the best conserved in-site roman mosaics in the world.The Villa Romana del Casale houses mosaic flooring – figurative and geometric – , wall mosaics, columns, stutues, capitals and coins.You will come back at the starting point at around 6:30 pm in the afternoon.For archaeology and artisan lovers enjoying the Tour Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina is an experience not to be missed during a trip in Sicily.

$1302.30 Multi-day & Extended Tours

SICILIAN CAROUSEL TOUR - Tour of Sicily 7Nights-8Days from Catania-Taormina

ItineraryDay 1: CATANIAStop At: Il Principe HotelIndependent arrival at the hotel IL PRINCIPE in Catania. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in your hotel.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: hotel IL PRINCIPE in Catania. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in your hotel.Day 2: CATANIA – SIRACUSA - RAGUSA Sicilian typical products tasting Stop At: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, SicilyDrive to Syracuse to visit: the archaeological area; the island of Ortigia, the Cathedral and Fountain of ArethusaDuration: 4 hoursStop At: Ragusa Ibla, Ragusa, Province of Ragusa, SicilyTravel to Ragusa to admire its stunning baroque buildings before enjoying a pre-dinner tasting of typical products of the island on the wayDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel POGGIO DEL SOLE.Day 3: RAGUSA – CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTOStop At: Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Province of Enna, SicilyDrive to Caltagirone, a town famous for its beautiful ceramics and pottery. Continue to Piazza Armerina to marvel at the Villa Romana del Casale’s rich mosaics. Eat lunch in a local restaurant Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi), Agrigento, Province of Agrigento, SicilyVisit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord and HeraclesDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation and dinner at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. Overnight.Day 4: AGRIGENTO - PALERMO - MONREALEStop At: Cattedrale di Palermo, Palermo, Province of Palermo, SicilyTravel to Palermo, the Capital of Sicily and visit Monreale: the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, visit Palermo: the Palatine Chapel, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA.Day 5: PALERMO – SEGESTA – ERICE – SALT ROUTE (Trapani area) - PALERMOStop At: Temple of SegestaDepart to Segesta to visit the Temple and the Theatre.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Duomo di EriceContinue the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands before returning to Palermo via the unique salt windmills at Trapani. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Dinner and overnight in your Hotel in PalermoDay 6: PALERMO - CEFALU’ - NEBRODI PARK - TAORMINA Stop At: Cefalù CathedralDrive to Cefalu to admire its well-preserved Arab-Norman Cathedral. Enjoy a walk to the city centre and down main street to visit the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Parco dei NebrodiDrive through the Nebrodi Park and enjoy lunch in the Miraglia Forest. Continue to Cesarò and Randazzo to visit the north part of Mount Etna. Continue to Taormina, “the Pearl of the Ionian Sea”. Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel VILLA DIODORO, located near historic centre of Taormina. Day 7: TAORMINA - MT ETNA (OPTIONAL) - TAORMINAStop At: Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna, Nicolosi, Province of Catania, SicilyWeather permitting, you can join an optional morning excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. You will reach a height of 1800 metres and enjoy a fantastic panorama over the Ionian Sea (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Lunch on your own. Afternoon in Taormina: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman - Greek theatre on your own. Return to the your hotel. Dinner and overnight.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Ancient Theatre of Taormina, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyAfternoon in Taormina: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman - Greek theatre on your own.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Return to the your hotel. Dinner and overnight.Day 8: End of the tourPass By: Piazza Italiaend of the tourMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$2224.29 Multi-day & Extended Tours

BEST OF SICILY & MALTA TOUR - 11Nights-12Days

ItineraryDay 1: CATANIAStop At: Il Principe HotelArrive in Catania at hotel IL PRINCIPE. Welcome drink. Dinner.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Catania hotel IL PRINCIPEDay 2: CATANIA – SIRACUSA - RAGUSA Sicilian typical products tastingStop At: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, SicilyDrive to Syracuse to visit: the archaeological area; the island of Ortigia, the Cathedral and Fountain of ArethusaDuration: 4 hoursStop At: Ragusa Ibla, Ragusa, Province of Ragusa, SicilyTravel to Ragusa to admire its stunning baroque buildings before enjoying a pre-dinner tasting of typical products of the island on the wayDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel POGGIO DEL SOLE.Day 3: RAGUSA – CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTOStop At: Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Province of Enna, SicilyDrive to Caltagirone, a town famous for its beautiful ceramics and pottery. Continue to Piazza Armerina to marvel at the Villa Romana del Casale’s rich mosaics. Eat lunch in a local restaurant Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi), Agrigento, Province of Agrigento, SicilyVisit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord and HeraclesDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation and dinner at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. Overnight.Day 4: AGRIGENTO - PALERMO - MONREALEStop At: Cattedrale di Palermo, Palermo, Province of Palermo, SicilyTravel to Palermo, the Capital of Sicily and visit Monreale: the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, visit Palermo: the Palatine Chapel, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Cattedrale di Monrealevisit Monreale: the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA. Day 5: PALERMO – SEGESTA – ERICE – SALT ROUTE (Trapani area) - PALERMOStop At: Temple of SegestaDepart to Segesta to visit the Temple and the Theatre. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Duomo di EriceContinue the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands before returning to Palermo via the unique salt windmills at Trapani. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Windmillsalt windmills at Trapani. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Dinner and overnight in your Hotel in PalermoDay 6: PALERMO - CEFALU’ - NEBRODI PARK - TAORMINA Stop At: Chiostro della Cattedrale di Cefalu, Cefalu, Province of Palermo, SicilyDrive to Cefalu to admire its well-preserved Arab-Norman Cathedral. Enjoy a walk to the city centre and down main street to visit the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Parco dei NebrodiDrive through the Nebrodi Park and enjoy lunch in the Miraglia Forest. Continue to Cesarò and Randazzo to visit the north part of Mount Etna. Continue to Taormina, “the Pearl of the Ionian Sea”. Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel VILLA DIODORO, located near historic centre of Taormina. Day 7: TAORMINA - MT ETNA (OPTIONAL) - TAORMINAStop At: Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna, Nicolosi, Province of Catania, SicilyWeather permitting, you can join an optional morning excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. You will reach a height of 1800 metres and enjoy a fantastic panorama over the Ionian Sea (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Lunch on your own. Afternoon in Taormina: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman - Greek theatre on your own. Return to the your hotel. Dinner and overnight.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Teatro Antico di TaorminaAfternoon in Taormina: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman - Greek theatre on your own.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Return to the your hotel. Dinner and overnight.Day 8: TAORMINA – CATANIA – MALTA Pass By: La Valletta, Island of MaltaBreakfast in Hotel. At the appointed time, transfer from Taormina to Catania airport. Flight to Valletta, Capital of Malta, delightful Mediterranean island. Transfer to Hotel DOLMEN RESORT located in St Paul’s Bay or similar 4 stars. Arrival in Hotel and accommodation. Dinner and overnight. Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotel DOLMEN RESORT located in St Paul’s Bay or similar 4 starsDay 9: MALTA “MARSAXLOKK MARKET & THE BLUE GROTTO” Extended Half Day Excursion Stop At: Marsaxlokk Bay, Marsaxlokk, Island of MaltaThe idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its colourful luzzus and unique character make the unrivalled setting for the local market. Continue the tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting – boat price not included) and the nearby caves. Explore one of Malta’s unspoilt village: the main square, the hub of the village with its parish church and band club. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Dinner in your Hotel. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja), Zurrieq, Island of MaltaContinue the tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting – boat price not included) and the nearby caves. Explore one of Malta’s unspoilt village: the main square, the hub of the village with its parish church and band club. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Dinner in your Hotel. Day 10: MALTA “VALLETTA + MALTA EXPERIENCE” Half Day ExcursionStop At: La Valletta, Island of MaltaEnjoy a morning tour of Valletta – Malta’s heritage-rich capital. Highlights include the Upper Barracca Gardens and St John’s Cathedral, home to a splendid Caravaggio painting as well as an intriguing Museum. Going down Republic Street you will walk past the Grandmaster’s Palace before watching the Malta Experience, an audiovisual show where Malta history throughout the centuries is brought back to life. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Dinner in your Hotel.Day 11: MALTA “MDINA” Full Day ExcursionStop At: Mdina Old City, Mdina, Island of MaltaToday’s excursion takes us to the central part of Malta, dominated by the medieval fortified city of Mdina, Malta’s former capital city. The narrow streets, dating back to medieval times, lead to the imposing bastions. Leaving Mdina through Greeks’ Gate, we stop at the early Christian catacombs in Rabat before proceeding to the cliffs at Dingli. After lunch we will visit the San Anton botanical gardens situated near the Presidential Palace, which you will be able to admire from outside. We shall also spend time at the crafts centre at Ta’ Qali. At the end of the tour, allow us to astound you with Mosta’s majestic dome, one of Europe’s largest. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Dinner in your HotelDay 12: End of the tourPass By: La Valletta, Island of MaltaThe tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the port or the airport of Valletta. (B)Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$829.79 Multi-day & Extended Tours

MINI SICILIAN CAROUSEL TOUR - Tour of Sicily 4Nights-5Days from Catania

ItineraryDay 1: CATANIAStop At: Il Principe HotelIndependent arrival at the hotel IL PRINCIPE in Catania. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in your hotel.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: hotel IL PRINCIPE in Catania. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in your hotel.Day 2: CATANIA – SIRACUSA - RAGUSA Sicilian typical products tasting Stop At: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, SicilyDrive to Syracuse to visit: the archaeological area; the island of Ortigia, the Cathedral and Fountain of ArethusaDuration: 4 hoursStop At: Ragusa Ibla, Ragusa, Province of Ragusa, SicilyTravel to Ragusa to admire its stunning baroque buildings before enjoying a pre-dinner tasting of typical products of the island on the wayDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel POGGIO DEL SOLE.Day 3: RAGUSA – CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTOStop At: Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Province of Enna, SicilyDrive to Caltagirone, a town famous for its beautiful ceramics and pottery. Continue to Piazza Armerina to marvel at the Villa Romana del Casale’s rich mosaics. Eat lunch in a local restaurant Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi), Agrigento, Province of Agrigento, SicilyVisit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord and HeraclesDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation and dinner at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. Overnight.Day 4: AGRIGENTO - PALERMO - MONREALEStop At: Cattedrale di Palermo, Palermo, Province of Palermo, SicilyTravel to Palermo, the Capital of Sicily and visit Monreale: the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, visit Palermo: the Palatine Chapel, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA.Day 5: End of the tourPass By: Politeama GaribaldiEnd of the tourMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.