Noto

A hall for the feasts

Today you can visit the piano nobile (main floor) of Palazzo Nicolaci, where you can discover and imagine how people lived in the time of Don Giacomo Nicolaci. The Nicolaci family made its fortune thanks to the tuna trade and became part of the aristocracy as it acquired the rank of nobility.
But let’s return to the palace.
It has around ninety rooms and splendid, shimmering and precious glass chandeliers.
The most important room was the Salone delle Feste (Hall of Feasts), like in any respectable noble palace. The ceiling depicts Apollo driving the chariot and chasing Aurora.
Salone delle Feste la volta
A little further down, like a ribbon running horizontally along all the walls, there is a symbolic decoration, a nod to the activities and interests of the commissioner .
In fact, you can spot fishing nets, telescopes, rifles, chessboards and antique vases. The painting technique of trompe l'oeil , from the French for “deceive the eye”, was used on the walls.decorazione, colonna affaccio The decoration makes those in the room believe that they are in an outdoor environment, in this case under a portico. There is the balustrade, the columns that seem to support the structure above, the curtains and the blue colour that simulates the sky. This is where we have to imagine the rich feasts in the late 18th century, dances, banquets, ladies in cumbersome embroidered dresses, gentlemen with absurd wigs and good music to delight the guests.Salone delle Feste

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The chocolate of Modica

A miniature city

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The Maiolica of the staircase

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The colours of the cathedral

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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A prominent church

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A triumph of colour

A colourful floor

Two illustrious patron saints

The disastrous earthquake

Many owners, one palace

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A hall for the feasts

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Between white and black

Searching for colour

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The internal colours

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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Wonderful quick decorations

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

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The theatre of taste

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The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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Prominent façade

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The Burgos crucifix

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The Staircase of Angels

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New roads for Catania

A new site for a new church

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The two churches

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A long reconstruction

Some masterpieces

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Norman apses

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Feast days

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Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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Some prestigious works

A museum to save a tradition

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The wall comes to life

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A symbol for the town