A Legend of Revenge

An odd, yet popular decoration seen on terraces, garden balconies, topping gate-pillars, and sometimes as the base of lamps – as pictured here, are ceramic busts of kings, queens, and moors. The owners fill the majolica vases with flowers or other plants, or in this case, electricity. I’ve always found this to be creepy because,…

Architectural Mix in Palermo

Palermo Cathedral’s cupolas, which are adorned with majolica tiles, are a historical contrast to the Norman-Arab details over the arched original windows. The cupolas were added in 1781. The original Norman church as build between 1179 and 1185. These are just two examples of the numerous architectural styles that exist side by side in the…

Ceramic Heads in Sicily

Throughout Sicily you’ll see these large ceramic busts of kings, queens, and more common, Moors. It’s a popular decoration seen on terraces and garden balconies, or topping gate-pillars. The owners fill the majolica vases with flowers or other plants. Personally, I’ve found them to be creepy because, it is exactly what it looks like: a…

This “ristorantino” (little restaurant-pub, as it’s called by the owner) in Santa Flavia possesses a tiled floor in a design-style that was common in Sicily in the 19th and early 20th centuries. #experiencesicily #santaflavia #palermo #sicily #ceramics #ceramica #ceramic #tiles #tile #majolica #maiolica #pavimento #floor #art #design #osteria #trattoria #sicilia #sizilien #siciliabedda #italy #italia #italien…

The dome of the Baroque era Chiesa di San Giuseppe dei Teatini dominates Via Maqueda in Palermo and features blue and yellow majolica tiles. Majolica tiles are glazed, ceramic tiles. The glaze brings out the vibrant colors of the painted pottery. #viamaqueda #lanterns #lanterne #dome #cupola #majolica #tiles #ceramic #ceramica #palermo #sicily #sicilia #siciliabedda #italy…

Caltagirone’s Staircase

Caltagirone’s Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte was built in 1609 to connect the old lower town to the new upper town. Since 1954, each of its 142 steps was decorated with a unique design of colorful, handcrafted majolica ceramic tile, a craft for which the city is world renowned. #caltagirone #catania #pottery #ceramics #ceramica…