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A talking palace

terzo balconeWhat makes Palazzo La Rocca so unique are its large corbels , below the balconies, three supporting each one. They tell their own story and amaze passers-by.
From Via Duomo the first balcony that we find is the balcony of the Cherubini (cherubs).
The second and third balconies are dedicated to music, where sculptures of a tenor mandola player and a flute player remind us that at that time music, bel canto and feasts were an essential part of aristocratic life.
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The fourth balcony portrays a tender moment between mother and son. Then follows the balcony above the entrance door decorated with a central shell and plant decorations in the side corbels.
The sixth is the balcony of the Amorini, where three pairs of cupids are linked in a tender embrace.
The seventh balcony has a sculpted telamon that seems to support the full weight of the balcony all by itself.
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The final balcony is the balcony of the Cavaliere (knight). It is surrounded by several characters.
On the left is a masked man, perhaps one of his soldiers or bodyguards, and on the right is a figure with a malevolent smile, which represents cunning; above is a large moustached man with a thick head of hair and two porters.
What a sight! Walking down Via Capitano Bocchieri is like going to the theatre.

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

A hall for the feasts

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The church of Carmine

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A talking palace

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Searching for colour

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

A new site for a new church

A long reconstruction

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

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

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Some masterpieces

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A triumph of colour

A miniature city

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A small room with a golden entrance

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

The wall comes to life

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Wonderful quick decorations

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The internal colours

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

New roads for Catania

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

From International Gothic to present day

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A majestic and luminous church

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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

The disastrous earthquake

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

A museum to save a tradition

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Norman apses

A prominent church

Some prestigious works

Between white and black

A feast only for Scicli

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The two churches

A city in colour

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A half-Baroque church

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The theatre of taste

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

One city, three sites

A symbol for the town

A colourful floor

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The chocolate of Modica

The Staircase of Angels

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

One city, two sites

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Baroque town by the sea

A new site for a new city

Many owners, one palace

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A square as the heart of the city

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Discovering the mother church

An eagle-shaped city

The colours of the cathedral

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Prominent façade

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Feast days

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

The interior and its masterpieces

The city of museums

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Feasting in Palazzolo