Citizens of the small town of Caltagirone, 35km (21miles) southeast of Piazza Armerina, have been making ceramics for centuries. They show off their skill on every available surface: bridges, the 142 steps of La Scala (which climbs one of the town’s three hills), the interiors of churches and the facades of houses are tiled with the town’s distinctive blue-and-yellow ceramics.
Caltagirone would be attractive even without this adornment, since its old town is filled with Sicilian Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, the church of San Francesco d’Assisi is an especially attractive example of the Sicilian Baroque. The Museo della Ceramica displays work from Caltagirone and elsewhere in Sicily, and the famous local product is for sale in workshop throughout the old town.