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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$1668.25 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.

$1668.25 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.

$122.12 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.

$1301.88 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

1st Day /Saturday  CATANIAIndependent arrival at the hotel IL PRINCIPE in Catania. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in your hotel.2nd Day /Sunday – CATANIA – SIRACUSA - RAGUSA Sicilian typical products tasting Breakfast, depart to Syracuse: visit the archaeological area “Neapolis” including the famous Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisios “Ear”. Lunch on your own. Depart to Ragusa and visit of the enchanting historical centre “Ibla”, Ragusa is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy a tasting of typical products of the island on the way. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel POGGIO DEL SOLE.3rd Day /Monday RAGUSA – CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTOBreakfast, depart to Caltagirone. Continue to Piazza Armerina to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch in a local restaurant. Depart to Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Accommodation and dinner at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. Overnight.4th Day /Tuesday AGRIGENTO – PALERMO - MONREALEBreakfast, depart to Palermo. This special day will be dedicated to discovering the capital of Sicily, Palermo. Arrival in Monreale and visit of the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments of the world with its Moorish architecture. Lunch on your own. Proceed to Palermo to visit the historical centre. Accommodation, dinner and overnight  at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA.  5th Day /Wednesday PALERMO – SEGESTA – ERICE – SALT ROUTE (Trapani Area) - PALERMOBreakfast, depart to Segesta to admire the magnificent Doric Temple. Continue to the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands. Lunch on your own. Return to Palermo. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel.6th Day /Thursday PALERMO - CEFALU’ - NEBRODI PARK - TAORMINA Breakfast, depart to Cefalù. Drive through the Park of “Nebrodi” and stop at the Miraglia Forest for lunch with a typical menu.  Arrival in Taormina. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at hotel VILLA DIODORO, located near historic centre of Taormina.7th Day /Friday TAORMINA -  MT ETNA (OPTIONAL) - TAORMINABreakfast, morning at leisure or for those who are interested, opportunity to take an optional excursion to the Mount Etna, the highest active Volcano in Europe. Lunch on your own. Afternoon in Taormina, charming city called "the pearl of the Ionian Sea". Return to your hotel: dinner and overnight.8th Day /Saturday TAORMINA  After buffet breakfast, end of the Tour

$2223.56 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

1st Day CATANIAArrive in Catania at hotel IL PRINCIPE. Welcome drink. Dinner.2nd Day CATANIA - SIRACUSA - RAGUSA Drive to Syracuse to visit: the archaeological area; the island of Ortigia, the Cathedral and Fountain of Arethusa. Visit the Baroque of Ragusa; typical products tasting. Dinner at Hotel POGGIO DEL SOLE. Overnight 3rd Day RAGUSA - CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTODrive to Caltagirone famous for its ceramics and pottery. Visit the Villa Romana del Casale’s mosaics in Piazza Armerina. Lunch in a local restaurant. Visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Dinner at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. Overnight. 4th Day AGRIGENTO - PALERMO - MONREALETravel to Palermo and visit Monreale: the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Lunch on your own. Visit Palermo: the Palatine Chapel and the Cathedral. Dinner at G.H. PIAZZA BORSA. Overnight 5th Day PALERMO - SEGESTA - ERICE - PALERMOVisit Segesta. Continue the medieval village of Erice overlooking the Egadi Islands. Visit the salt windmills in Trapani. Dinner in your Hotel in Palermo. Overnight 6th Day PALERMO - CEFALU’ - NEBRODI PARK - TAORMINA Drive to Cefalu: Arab-Norman Cathedral and the medieval wash-house. Visit the Nebrodi Park and lunch in the Miraglia Forest. Continue to  visit the north part of Mount Etna. Dinner at Hotel VILLA DIODORO in Taormina. Overnight 7th Day TAORMINAOptional morning excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. Lunch on your own. Afternoon in Taormina: visit the Roman-Greek theatre on your own. Dinner and overnight.8th Day TAORMINA - CATANIA - MALTATransfer to Catania airport. Flight to Malta. Transfer to Hotel DOLMEN RESORT or similar. Dinner at your hotel. Overnight 9th Day MALTA “MARSAXLOKK MARKET &THE BLUE GROTTO”Visit the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Visit to the Blue Grotto and the caves. Explore one of Malta’s unspoilt village: its parish church and band club. Leisure time. Dinner in your Hotel.10th Day MALTA VALLETTA Morning tour of Valletta: Upper Barracca Gardens; St John’s Cathedral, with a Caravaggio painting; Republic Street; Grandmaster’s Palace; audiovisual show Malta Experience. Leisure time. Dinner in your Hotel.11th Day MALTA MDINAExcursion to the medieval fortified city of Mdina. Stop at the early Christian catacombs in Rabat and at the cliffs at Dingli. Lunch. Visit the San Anton botanical gardens near the Presidential Palace. Time at the crafts centre at Ta’ Qali. Mosta’s majestic dome, one of Europe’s largest.12th Day Wednesday MALTA Breakfast. End of the tour

$829.51 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

1st Day /Saturday  CATANIAIndependent arrival at the hotel IL PRINCIPE in Catania. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in your hotel.2nd Day /Sunday CATANIA - SIRACUSA - RAGUSA Sicilian typical products tasting After a buffet breakfast, depart to Syracuse to visit the archaeological area “Neapolis” including the famous Latomie of the Paradise and the Dyionisios “Ear”. Continue to the island of Ortigia, the small baroque old city centre of Siracusa: visit of the Cathedral and Arethuse Fountain. Lunch on your own. Depart to Ragusa and visit of the enchanting historical centre “Ibla”, with its stunning Baroque palaces and churches. Together with other seven cities in the Val di Noto, Ragusa is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy a tasting of typical products on the way. Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel POGGIO DEL SOLE.3rd Day /Monday RAGUSA - CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTOAfter a buffet breakfast, depart to Caltagirone, a small town in the inland of Sicily, declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous worldwide for the production of pottery and terra-cotta wares: panoramic visit and opportunity of shopping. Continue to Piazza Armerina to visit the worldwide known Villa Romana del Casale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its well preserved mosaics. Lunch in a local restaurant. Depart to Agrigento, a hillside town famous for its magnificent Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: guided tour of  the Valley, including the Temple of Concordia, Juno, Zeus and Heracles. Accommodation and dinner at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE.  Overnight.4th Day /Tuesday AGRIGENTO - PALERMO - MONREALEAfter a buffet breakfast depart to Palermo. Arrival in Monreale and visit of the Cathedral, one of the most beautiful monuments of the world with its Moorish architecture, housing very fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments and the Benedictine Cloister in Arab-Norman style. Lunch on your own. Proceed to Palermo to visit the historical centre, one of the largest of Europe, including the Cathedral, the Palace of the Normans and its superb Palatine Chapel. Accommodation, dinner and overnight  at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA. 5th Day /Wednesday PALERMO After buffet breakfast, end of the Tour