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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 colours of the cathedral

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A feast only for Scicli

A triumph of colour

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

A talking palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A prominent church

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A hall for the feasts

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

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

The interior and its masterpieces

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Feast days

A museum to save a tradition

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A small room with a golden entrance

Norman apses

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Feasting in Palazzolo

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A square as the heart of the city

Discovering the mother church

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A miniature city

A colourful floor

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The two churches

The city of museums

One city, two sites

Some prestigious works

A city in colour

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

New roads for Catania

The wall comes to life

The Staircase of Angels

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Many owners, one palace

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A half-Baroque church

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

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

The Burgos crucifix

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The theatre of taste

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

A symbol for the town

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

The internal colours

Wonderful quick decorations

A long reconstruction

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A new site for a new city

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The disastrous earthquake

The Maiolica of the staircase

A new site for a new church

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Prominent façade

The façade used as a puppet theatre

One city, three sites

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Some masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Searching for colour

The church of Carmine

From International Gothic to present day

Between white and black

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

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

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

A majestic and luminous church

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The chocolate of Modica

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

An eagle-shaped city