Noto

A new site for a new city

The beautiful city of Noto was the result of a significant reconstruction that took place following the tragic earthquake of 1693. The city was completely destroyed. What to do next? Rebuild in the same location or choose a new site? The answer was late in coming and it took years before an agreement was reached! The   Duke of Camastra resolved the debate, decreeing the reconstruction of Noto in a new site on the Meti hill. But those who thought that work could finally begin were wrong! A new debate hindered reconstruction: was it to be built on the plateau, or in the valley up the slopes of the Meti hill? In this case the viceroy Cardinal Giudice intervened and everyone agreed: the new city of Noto could be rebuilt in both areas.
The new road layout was entrusted to the architect Angelo Italia .

via Vittorio EmanueleThe project involved the construction of three main roads that connected the upper and lower city, and a long avenue with large and illustrious palaces overlooking beautiful scenic squares.
The upper part was inhabited by the poorest citizens and the labourers who worked on the building sites.
The valley area, on the other hand, was the new residential district of rich aristocrats and religious orders.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele was the ideal place to build the noble palaces and religious buildings, churches and monasteries.

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A long reconstruction

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A half-Baroque church

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

One city, two sites

The colours of the cathedral

Discovering the mother church

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The interior and its masterpieces

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

A feast only for Scicli

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

Prominent façade

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Wonderful quick decorations

A talking palace

A hall for the feasts

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Some masterpieces

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The wall comes to life

Feasting in Palazzolo

A new site for a new church

A small room with a golden entrance

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Burgos crucifix

The church of Carmine

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

The theatre of taste

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A triumph of colour

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The city of museums

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A colourful floor

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

One city, three sites

New roads for Catania

The Baroque town by the sea

A city in colour

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Feast days

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The two churches

A miniature city

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The Staircase of Angels

St. Sebastian, so much work!

An eagle-shaped city

Between white and black

The chocolate of Modica

The internal colours

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

A square as the heart of the city

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

Many owners, one palace

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

From International Gothic to present day

A new site for a new city

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A prominent church

The disastrous earthquake

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

A majestic and luminous church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A symbol for the town

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

Norman apses

A museum to save a tradition

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

Searching for colour

Some prestigious works