Should You Visit Caltagirone?

Is Caltagirone worth visiting?

Yes, there are many reasons to visit Caltagirone. Everyone should experience this amazing city, and we loved our stay here.

Whether you're a a couple or on a weekend getaway, this city has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the terrific shopping and great museums.

Caltagirone is an inland town that makes a nice day trip on Sicily. The town has a famous pottery and ceramic industry that is highlighted in much of the architecture. Many visitors come to see the famous 142 step staircase, Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte, which has ceramic tiles on every step.

Caltagirone Caltagirone

5 Reasons to Visit Caltagirone

1. Shopping

Pottery and ceramic shopping is a highlight of a visit to town.

2. Museums

Many visitors come to see the famed Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte, which is a 142 step staircase that connects the upper and lower parts of the city. The staircase highlights the city's ceramic and pottery industry, as every step is decorated with tiles.

3. Food

There are some great local restaurants that serve seafood and other local specialties.

4. Historical Sights

It is known for its pottery and ceramics, which have been incorporated into many of the architectural elements around town.

5. Authenticity

Caltagirone has an authentic vibe where you can experience local culture, cuisine, and activities without the large tourist crowds of other popular destinations.




Is Caltagirone worth visiting in the Summer?

Summer is the high season for travel in Caltagirone, so expect more visitors and higher prices. This destination is fairly touristy, and in the high season it's busier than usual.

The warm weather in summer is one of the reasons people visit at this time of year. Temperatures average around 26°C (79°F) with daily high temperatures often more than 33°C (92°F).

You'll find plenty to do during summer, as you'll be able to spend time at the museums and browse around the old town.


Summer Weather in Caltagirone
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 26°C (79°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
August 26°C (79°F) 14 mm (0.5 in)
September 24°C (74°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)

Is Caltagirone worth visiting in the Autumn?

This is the shoulder season for travel in Caltagirone. This destination is somewhat busy with tourists, but in the shoulder season you'll find less crowds and better deals.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during autumn with average temperatures around 19°C (67°F).

During this season it's fun to experience the beautiful scenery, the historic old town, and the museums and landmarks.


Autumn Weather in Caltagirone
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 19°C (67°F) 75 mm (2.9 in)
November 15°C (59°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
December 12°C (53°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)

Is Caltagirone worth visiting in the Winter?

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during winter with average temperatures around 10°C (51°F).

The low season for travel in Caltagirone is during the winter. This destination is fairly touristy, but in the low season you can find fewer crowds and better deals.

This is a great time of year to wander through the museums, dine out at amazing restaurants, and admire the historic sights.


Winter Weather in Caltagirone
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January 10°C (51°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
February 11°C (52°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
March 12°C (54°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)

Is Caltagirone worth visiting in the Spring?

Spring is the shoulder season for travel in Caltagirone. This destination is somewhat busy with tourists, but in the shoulder season you'll find less crowds and better deals.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during spring with average temperatures around 15°C (58°F).

You'll find plenty to do during spring, as you'll be able to find the best deals at the shops, browse through museums, and admire the wonderful scenery. Also, you can check out the historic old town.


Spring Weather in Caltagirone
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 15°C (58°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)
June 23°C (73°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)

Things to Consider Before Visiting Caltagirone

Nightlife: Most people don't associate Caltagirone with a lively nightlife scene. Many people visit as a day trip and the town isn't known for its nightlife scene.

Getting Around
The area is not very walkable, and public transit is not great here, so it might be difficult to get around without arranging your own transportation.

The Cost
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Caltagirone might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Caltagirone here or see if Caltagirone is expensive here.

Related

What is Caltagirone most famous for?

Caltagirone is most famous for its pottery and ceramic industry as well as the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte staircase. The city is very popular for its shopping. Also, it's known for museums, food, and historical sights. It is often described as charming, quaint, and friendly.


What is the most famous sight in Caltagirone?

The most popular sight in Caltagirone is The Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Caltagirone on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for The Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte and other attractions here.

How touristy is Caltagirone? Is it a popular city to visit?

Caltagirone is more popular with local tourists than with international visitors. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)


    • Private Photoshoot Experience in Palermo: $88
    • Olive Oil Experience: $243
    • Etna Alba: Exciting excursion with Typical Sicilian Breakfast (Private Tour): $144
    • Scuba Experience: $83
    • Olive Grove Tour with Wine & Olive Oil Tasting in Balestrate: $64
    • Tasting in a cellar in Marsala and tour of the Mothia lagoon: $133
    • Etna Sud tour: $260
    • Olive oil tasting in Syracuse - fairytale tour: $66

    How long should I spend in Caltagirone?

    The ideal length of time for a trip to Caltagirone is one to two days. Since Caltagirone has activities such as shopping, many visit for up to two days.

    If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Caltagirone? and Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Caltagirone?.