Brimming with cultural vigor, strength and resilience, Caltagirone is the heart of the authentic, wild southeastern Sicily. The scenic town is a small slice of heaven just 40 miles from Catania that proudly acknowledges its multi-layered past. It remains a visibly-striking late Baroque town. The town’s undeniable hallmark are the imposing Santa Maria del Monte Stairs linking the upper and lower towns. The spectacular, flowery 142-step staircase isn’t just a means of movement— each step is a statement and dramatic work of art.