Modica

A Nobel Prize in Modica

palazzo quasimodoBetween period buildings, cathedrals and churches, Modica offers its citizens and tourists a place of memory.
This idea comes from the bond that exists between the Hyblaean city and an illustrious poet. On 20 August 1901, Salvatore Quasimodo was born in Modica. He was one of the most important poets and translators of Italian literature.
Quasimodo wrote works of great 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 furniture from his Milan studio.
This is an opportunity to get to know an illustrious poet and come into contact with the reality of a bygone era that is increasingly distant from us. Targa Salvatore Quasimodo

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Staircase of Angels

Feasting in Palazzolo

The interior and its masterpieces

The theatre of taste

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A symbol for the town

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Some masterpieces

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Prominent façade

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A prominent church

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

From International Gothic to present day

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Between white and black

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Feast days

Two illustrious patron saints

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

Many owners, one palace

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Wonderful quick decorations

A new site for a new city

A feast only for Scicli

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

A new site for a new church

A city in colour

A small room with a golden entrance

An eagle-shaped city

The city of museums

The Burgos crucifix

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

The church of Carmine

Some prestigious works

A talking palace

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A triumph of colour

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

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

A square as the heart of the city

One city, two sites

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A miniature city

A half-Baroque church

A Nobel Prize in Modica

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The wall comes to life

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

A hall for the feasts

The disastrous earthquake

Discovering the mother church

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Maiolica of the staircase

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A colourful floor

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Baroque town by the sea

The two churches

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A majestic and luminous church

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The internal colours

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

One city, three sites

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

Norman apses

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Searching for colour

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The chocolate of Modica

A museum to save a tradition

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

New roads for Catania

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The colours of the cathedral

A long reconstruction