A new palace for the La Rocca lords

porzione di palazzoPalazzo La Rocca was built not far from the Cathedral of San Giorgio (St. George), on Via Capitano Bocchieri in the old Ibla. Today it is the head office of the Provincial Tourist Board and no longer the home of wealthy aristocrats.
The La Rocca family, in particular Don Saverio La Rocca, Baron of Sant’Ippolito, commissioned the new palace around 1765. The building has an irregular rectangular plan and was built according to the fashion of the time, in late Baroque style.
The façade is the main feature on the street, with eight balconies on the first storey, a long cornice at the top and an entrance portal in the centre between two pilasters .

Palazzo La Rocca
Palazzo La Rocca was built in the old Ibla. The building is characterized by the late Baroque style. The facade is therefore the absolute protagonist of the street with eight balconies on the first floor and is completed in the upper part by a long ledge. In the central part you recognize the access portal located between two pilasters. The corbels of Palazzo La Rocca are positioned under the balconies, three for each, as supports. Each balcony tells a different story. From right to left are: the cherubim balcony; the second and third are dedicated to music; the fourth is the representation of a woman who takes care of her child; follows the balcony above the very simple entrance door, is adorned with a central shell and vegetable decorations in the side shelves; the sixth is the balcony of the Cupini, three pairs of putti tied in a tender embrace; the seventh has a Telamone that seems to support all the weight of the balcony alone; The last one is the Horseman.

scala pietra peceThe new building has a ground floor, a first floor, an attic (loft) and a basement.
Today in the basement area you can still admire some of the remains of the walls and arcades of the family’s old properties, on top of which the new palace was built.
From the large entrance door you enter an expansive atrium where you can admire the beautiful pietra pece staircase.
The interior still features 18th-century furnishings, doors and flooring in pietra pece and maiolica .

A talking palace

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Norman apses

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A Nobel Prize in Modica

An eagle-shaped city

Discovering the mother church

The city of museums

A square as the heart of the city

A prominent church

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

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A half-Baroque church

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A colourful floor

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Many owners, one palace

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

A long reconstruction

The Staircase of Angels

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

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A new site for a new city

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

From International Gothic to present day

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

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

A small room with a golden entrance

Wonderful quick decorations

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A city in colour

Some masterpieces

The Maiolica of the staircase

The theatre of taste

The chocolate of Modica

The internal colours

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A hall for the feasts

A majestic and luminous church

One city, two sites

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Searching for colour

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A museum to save a tradition

Between white and black

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A miniature city

The colours of the cathedral

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Feast days

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The interior and its masterpieces

Feasting in Palazzolo

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The wall comes to life

Prominent façade

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The disastrous earthquake

The Baroque town by the sea

Some prestigious works

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A symbol for the town

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A feast only for Scicli

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The church of Carmine

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

One city, three sites

A new site for a new church

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

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

New roads for Catania

Two illustrious patron saints

The two churches

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A triumph of colour

Connections with other UNESCO sites