Located in the Sicilian town of Caltagirone, La Scala di Santa Maria del Monte is an old 142-step staircase, each of which are decorated with a different ceramic pattern. Every year during the Spring and Summer seasons it becomes even more breathtaking as locals adorn it with potted flowers and lanterns, creating intricate designs.
Every year, during La Scala Infiorata, the Flower Festival of Caltagirone, the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte are decorated with thousands of potted plants masterfully arranged to create a monumental design. From the 8th of May to June 2nd, tourists are invited to Sicily’s pottery town to admire the floral designs that stretches from the bottom of the stairs all the way to the top.
Less than two months after La Scala Infiorata, the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte hosts yet another breathtaking spectacle. On the nights of July 24th and 25th, the Luminaria Festival is held in honor of San Giacomo, and the steps of the old staircase are adorned with up to 4,000 handmade lanterns arranged in intricate patterns by local artists.