Visiting Caltagirone, the “Castle of Vases”

Courtesy of "The Thinking Traveller Ltd" Swirling patterns, vibrant colors, painstakingly detailed designs.....Wherever you go in Caltagirone this is what you will see: ceramics is the name of the game and it has been for millennia. Virtually all buildings in the old town are decorated with ceramic tiles, shops spill their delightfully crafted wares onto the pavements and the effect is one of multichromatic vivacity. The highlight is undoubtedly the 142 steps of the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte that connect the lower town with the older upper town. The upright of each step is decorated with ceramic tiles,...

The world’s largest tiled swimming pool

Courtesy of Nancy A. Ruhling - The Huffington Post You can’t miss Sergio Furnari’s pickup truck. It’s the dusty-silver 2002 Dodge Ram carrying 11 passengers on its roof. Sergio climbs into the cluttered cab and drives toward the East River. When the skyline comes into view, he stops the engine and scales the scaffolding to take a seat with his pals on the I-beam. He unfurls the flag and lights a Marlboro. It doesn’t get any better than this. In case you don’t know it, Sergio, sculptor/producer/dreamer, is the guy who created a 3-D version of the 1932 black-and-white photo Lunchtime...