A feast only for Scicli

Madonna a Cavallo, Chiesa MadreOn the last Saturday of May the Madonna a Cavallo (Madonna on Horseback) is celebrated in Scicli. This very important feast celebrates the liberation of Christians from Arab rule.
In 1091 Roger I of Sicily and his army freed Scicli from the Saracens, but they didn’t do it all by themselves… The Madonna on horseback came to their aid. Also known as the Madonna delle Milizie (Madonna of the Militia), she miraculously appeared and took part in the final battle. This incredible event could not be forgotten, so it is still celebrated every year.
In her honour, the town is decorated with lights and all the citizens participate in long processions; it is the only feast in the world where a warrior virgin is celebrated.
A play is also put on that tells the story of the battle and the miraculous appearance. To mark this day for remembering the Virgin’s miraculous intervention, typical desserts are prepared called Teste di Turco (“Testi Turcu” in dialect), meaning Turkish Heads. These desserts are an ideological trophy. In fact, their shape is reminiscent of the turbans that covered the heads of the defeated invaders. Despite their inspiration, they are delicious pastry puffs filled with ricotta cheese or custard.

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell the story of the church of Santa Maria del Carmelo

Two illustrious patron saints

The theatre of taste

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A majestic and luminous church

One city, two sites

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

From International Gothic to present day

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A talking palace

Discovering the mother church

Feasting in Palazzolo

One city, three sites

The Baroque town by the sea

A city in colour

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Some masterpieces

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Church of San Giuliano (St. Julian) on Via dei Crociferi: reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giovanni Battista

A long reconstruction

The Staircase of Angels

A miniature city

The internal colours

A feast only for Scicli

The Burgos crucifix

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The wall comes to life

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A prominent church

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Searching for colour

A colourful floor

The senses tell the story of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte

The city of museums

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The disastrous earthquake

A symbol for the town

A half-Baroque church

Some prestigious works

From the contrast of the exterior to the internal jubilation of colours

The two churches

An eagle-shaped city

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Feast days

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

New roads for Catania

A small room with a golden entrance

A new site for a new city

Freedom of worship and the role of the Catholic Church in the diffusion of Baroque

The role of the religious orders in rebuilding the Val di Noto

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell the story of the Badia di Sant’Agata

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Many owners, one palace

A new site for a new church

The senses tell the Mother Church of San Nicolò and of the Santissimo Salvatore

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Wonderful quick decorations

The colours of the cathedral

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Norman apses

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The church of Carmine

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and San NicoIò l’Arena

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A hall for the feasts

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The chocolate of Modica

A square as the heart of the city

Prominent façade

A triumph of colour

The interior and its masterpieces

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giuliano ai Crociferi

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Between white and black

A museum to save a tradition