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 kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A square as the heart of the city

A triumph of colour

A prominent church

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A long reconstruction

A miniature city

Wonderful quick decorations

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A symbol for the town

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Prominent façade

A new site for a new city

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The church of Carmine

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

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

The two churches

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

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Norman apses

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A museum to save a tradition

A colourful floor

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Many owners, one palace

The chocolate of Modica

The Baroque town by the sea

The Staircase of Angels

New roads for Catania

Two illustrious patron saints

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

A talking palace

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The Burgos crucifix

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A feast only for Scicli

A half-Baroque church

A Nobel Prize in Modica

One city, three sites

The theatre of taste

The city of museums

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A small room with a golden entrance

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Discovering the mother church

From International Gothic to present day

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The internal colours

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The interior and its masterpieces

The wall comes to life

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

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

A hall for the feasts

Some masterpieces

A new site for a new church

The Maiolica of the staircase

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Limestone, the colour of harmony

An eagle-shaped city

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

One city, two sites

Between white and black

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Searching for colour

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The disastrous earthquake

Some prestigious works

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A majestic and luminous church

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Feast days

A city in colour

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