Caltagirone

A museum to save a tradition

In 1965, the Museum of Ceramics was founded in order to save a centuries-old tradition. Located on one of the main streets, Via Roma, the location was refurbished before the inauguration.
It has a special entrance, a 19th-century portico that rests on a tall raised structure accessed by a series of staircases. The maiolica decorations make it extra special, embellishing and adding colour to the façade.
The museum contains pottery from the Greek age until the beginning of the 20th century, including collections of Arab, Norman, Suevian and Aragonese artefacts.

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The pottery is exhibited in four large rooms, where there are around 2500 artefacts and work from the ancient, medieval, post-medieval and modern worlds. The collections mostly come from the Civic Museum of Caltagirone and the “ Luigi Sturzo “, State Institute of Art for Ceramics, but also from other Sicilian museums such as the Russo-Perez collection or from private collectors including Professor Antonino Ragona.

A feast only for Scicli

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A prominent church

Feast days

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Wonderful quick decorations

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

The Baroque town by the sea

The Maiolica of the staircase

The Burgos crucifix

The church of Carmine

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A museum to save a tradition

A talking palace

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

An eagle-shaped city

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A small room with a golden entrance

Between white and black

The colours of the cathedral

Many owners, one palace

Some masterpieces

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The disastrous earthquake

One city, three sites

A new site for a new city

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A hall for the feasts

The interior and its masterpieces

The two churches

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

Norman apses

A triumph of colour

From International Gothic to present day

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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

Searching for colour

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

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Staircase of Angels

A square as the heart of the city

A miniature city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A long reconstruction

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

One city, two sites

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Some prestigious works

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A colourful floor

The internal colours

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A majestic and luminous church

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Discovering the mother church

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The wall comes to life

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

A new site for a new church

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

New roads for Catania

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Prominent façade

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

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

A half-Baroque church

A symbol for the town

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 theatre of taste

A city in colour