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.

The city of museums

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Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The two churches

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

One city, three sites

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A museum to save a tradition

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A talking palace

A new site for a new church

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Some prestigious works

A city in colour

From International Gothic to present day

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Maiolica of the staircase

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The theatre of taste

A colourful floor

Norman apses

A long reconstruction

An eagle-shaped city

A feast only for Scicli

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The Baroque town by the sea

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The colours of the cathedral

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

Feast days

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

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

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A half-Baroque church

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The internal colours

The chocolate of Modica

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A miniature city

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The Staircase of Angels

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The wall comes to life

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

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Wonderful quick decorations

A hall for the feasts

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Discovering the mother church

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The disastrous earthquake

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

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

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

A majestic and luminous church

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

The church of Carmine

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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

The interior and its masterpieces

The Burgos crucifix

Many owners, one palace

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A prominent church

Between white and black

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Some masterpieces

A triumph of colour

A symbol for the town

Searching for colour

Prominent façade

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A square as the heart of the city

A new site for a new city

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

One city, two sites