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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The church of Carmine

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

A city in colour

The theatre of taste

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

The colours of the cathedral

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

A feast only for Scicli

A half-Baroque church

A museum to save a tradition

The chocolate of Modica

A new site for a new church

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The two churches

Feasting in Palazzolo

Norman apses

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The interior and its masterpieces

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

Feast days

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

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Many owners, one palace

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Discovering the mother church

New roads for Catania

Connections with other UNESCO sites

From International Gothic to present day

An eagle-shaped city

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A symbol for the town

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Between white and black

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The disastrous earthquake

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

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

A hall for the feasts

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A new site for a new city

Prominent façade

A Nobel Prize in Modica

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The Staircase of Angels

A talking palace

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A square as the heart of the city

A majestic and luminous church

A prominent church

The Maiolica of the staircase

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A long reconstruction

The wall comes to life

One city, three sites

One city, two sites

A triumph of colour

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A small room with a golden entrance

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The Burgos crucifix

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

Some prestigious works

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The city of museums

Searching for colour

A miniature city

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Wonderful quick decorations

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The internal colours

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Some masterpieces

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A colourful floor

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo