Santo Stefano di Camastra

In 1812 he took the name "Santo Stefano di Camastra", in honor of the Duke of Camastra Joseph Lanza, founder and benefactor of the city.

Santo Stefano di Camastra, better known as "the land of ceramics," is a common Nebrodi Park (ZIP code 98077) is 161 km from Agrigento, 134 Km from Caltanissetta, 154 km from Catania, 94 km from Enna , 150 km from Messina, which province it belongs to, 109 Km from Palermo, 239 Km from Ragusa, 212 Km from Siracusa, 206 Km from Trapani.

Originally the name of the country was "Santo Stefano di Mistretta", as is mentioned in the Norman-Swabian documents. Destroyed by a landslide in 1682, the town was rebuilt in 1693 in a coastal area more than the previous one.

A city of art and culture S. Stefano di Camastra, or the "land of ceramics." So it is better known around the world this very active center on the border of the provinces of Palermo and Messina. A particular country, unique: everywhere you turn, you see dishes, tiles, mosaics, all made of colorful ceramic. The fine workmanship, the quality of colors, the patience of the artists, are a product of ceramic stefanese searched everywhere.

The streets full of shops, you can see everywhere you turn: vases, plates, tiles, wall lamps, mosaics, souvenirs, all made in the refined and colorful ceramic stefanese. The tiles of the streets, the street numbers of homes, signs and floors of rooms, all ceramic, provide a framework to the particular town.
In the town, upon request, you can visit private laboratories for some potters and art school for ceramics.

Places to visit:

the Duomo, built in 1685, containing beautiful statues and paintings of the '600 and '700, the Church of Maria SS. Chain, containing the tomb of the Duke of Camastra, Sergio Palazzo, home of the Museum of Ceramics and the Palace Armao, with outside neoclassical pediments and decorative ceramics. Do not miss the feast of the patron saint, Santa Cecilia, November 22, the Pilgrimage to the Holy and the feast of Our bed, the third Sunday of September.

Other places of interest

Chiesa S. Giovanni

Chiesa e Convento S. Antonio

Chiesa del Calvario

Chiesa Madre

Chiesa del Collegio di Maria

Chiesa del Rosario

Chiesa Maria SS di Pompei

Chiesa Madonna della Grazie

Chiesa Mercè

Santuario del Letto Santo (Santa Croce)

Chiesa di S. Antonio

Museo Civico (etnoantropologico)

Museo della Ceramica Palazzo Trabia


It is the largest production center of ceramics in western Sicily. The tradition is very old and is linked with the presence of quarries argilla.Un high time they made everyday objects in raw or glazed clay, "bummuli" and "neighborhood" for water, "cannate" for wine , jars for the oil (remember Pirandello), pots and containers of various shapes and sizes, oil lamps (lumiricchie "," Lumer granne "," Camillo pedi cu lu "), etc.. From the second half of the 700, including the addition of ceramic artists from Naples, Palermo, Caltagirone, has developed a very rich production of majolica tiles with various ornaments. These tiles, as well as on the floors, are on the walls of churches and palaces, on tombs, such as fountains, benches and landscaping, such as house number. They used different colors, but especially the cobalt blue, yellow Siena, red, brown. At the same time have been used enamel paints and also in the decoration of vases, dishes, etc.. Today, artisan workshops, whose role is crucial in the development of the country, boast a rich repertoire of forms, shapes and colors that coexist with traditional motifs, making Santo Stefano a point of reference in the ceramics, which may well be compared to other centers that matter most well-known schools.

Important for the formation of new artists has been and is the Institute for Ceramic Art, founded in 1931 as "School of Ceramics" (established by the Provincial Technical Education Consortium of Messina and active in local derived in a former Capuchin monastery), has become the "Regional School of Art" in 1950, and then "Regional Institute for Ceramic Art" (April 19, 1965 Law No. 9) is now named after prof. Michele Ciro Esposito (Grottaglie 1912-S. Stefano 1991) that went from 1938 to 1982, located in a modern building, it boasts collections of ceramic creations. To visit is the Museum of Ceramics, located in Palazzo Trabia, which plays the role of multi-purpose center for cultural activities. The Palace was built in the late seventeenth century by the Duke Barresi Giuseppe Lanza, inside there are fine frescoed ceilings and floors piastelle original glazed, coloring and decorating many rooms. Splendid also Trabia Garden, which overlooks the historic building. For information on the history of pottery of Santo Stefano is also possible to visit Palazzo Arnao, with its friezes, with brick floors and tin stylized designs. The Palace was designed to house the town library. The Town Park is a green oasis with its nice tank. Recently renovated by the architect. Anthony Marino, refers to the local culture of ceramics.

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