The Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone, Sicily was built in 1609 to connect the old lower town to the new upper town. Since 1954, each of the risers of its 142 steps has been decorated with colorful, handcrafted majolica ceramic tiles. This UNESCO recognized baroque town is world renowned for its ceramic arts. All along this staircase and the adjacent streets there are ceramic shops showcasing traditional to contemporary majolica designs from talented artists. Caltagirone is where you should plan to buy gifts for all of your loved ones at home, for each piece is a unique work of art.