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.

Many owners, one palace

Feast days

A museum to save a tradition

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

One city, three sites

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Some prestigious works

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

The chocolate of Modica

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Baroque town by the sea

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

A square as the heart of the city

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The city of museums

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

Wonderful quick decorations

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A colourful floor

A miniature city

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Burgos crucifix

One city, two sites

A small room with a golden entrance

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A majestic and luminous church

The Maiolica of the staircase

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A long reconstruction

The two churches

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A symbol for the town

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The church of Carmine

Searching for colour

The colours of the cathedral

Prominent façade

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

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

A new site for a new church

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

The Staircase of Angels

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A talking palace

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

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

From International Gothic to present day

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A feast only for Scicli

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

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The theatre of taste

The interior and its masterpieces

Discovering the mother church

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A half-Baroque church

A triumph of colour

An eagle-shaped city

A hall for the feasts

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

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

Between white and black

The wall comes to life

A city in colour

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The internal colours

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The disastrous earthquake

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Some masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A new site for a new city

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

A Nobel Prize in Modica

New roads for Catania

A prominent church

Norman apses