A Nobel Prize in Modica

Among period buildings, cathedrals and churches, Modica offers its citizens and tourists a place of memory. The idea comes from the bond that exists between the Hyblaean city and an illustrious Italian poet. On 20 August 1901, Salvatore Quasimodo was born in Modica.
Palazzo QuasimodoHe was one of the most important poets and translators of Italian literature.
Quasimodo wrote works of enormous value that led him to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1959. Hence the idea to restore the house where the poet was born and turn it into a birthplace museum dedicated to him.
The Museo Casa Natale Salvatore Quasimodo (Salvatore Quasimodo Birthplace Museum) offers the chance to see the room where the Italian poet saw the first light of day, and much more!
In fact, there are also collections of many of the objects that belonged to Salvatore Quasimodo, including some photographs and the furniture from his Milan studio.
This is an opportunity to get to know Quasimodo and enter into contact with the reality of a bygone era that is increasingly distant from us.

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

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The Church of Madonna della Stella

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The art of maiolica

The Staircase of Angels

The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

The Benedictines’ library

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The church and the monastery

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

City and nature

The Franciscan convent

The new roads of the city

The Church of St. Paul

The two churches

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

Luminous sacred spaces

A casket of precious works

Religious architecture

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

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

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The eagle-shaped city

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

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

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The church and the college

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Church of St. Francis

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A unifying project for the city of Catania

St. Agatha and the candelore

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

The city within the city

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

The interior and works of art

A story of rebirth

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The articulated interior spaces

A stone garden

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The city palace

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo

The Palazzo dei due mori

The works in the church

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The interior of the church: space and colour

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The Church of St. Benedict

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

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

A heritage of votive works

Art in the cathedral

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

One city, three sites

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

The palace, the town, the church

The expansion of space and changing reality