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Beautiful Grand Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte

The island of Sicily hosts the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, which is a 142-step mountain staircase created in 1608 in the old part of the town of Caltagirone. This amazing staircase is the link between the high part of the city and the low part and the incredible thing about it is the fact that each step is decorated with different hand-decorated ceramic tile inspired from the millennial tradition of pottery making.

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Every year, during the month of May and June, the town celebrates La Scala Infiorata, which means the Flower Festival of Caltagirone, during which the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte is decorated with many potted plants that create geometric patterns that climb up the staircase.  In the same way, the staircase is decorated with thousands of candles during the Luminaria Festival in July.

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