Palazzolo Acreide

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

In this lush territory rich in springs and watercourses, the Corinthians of Syracuse founded their first colony between 664 and 663 BC, which was named Akrai.
It was a fortress city for military and political control over the Sicels of the Hyblaean plateau.
As testified by literary sources, Akrai’s history is closely linked to that of Syracuse. Plutarch tells us that Dion stopped there in 357 BC on his march to Syracuse.
The colony is mentioned in the peace treaty between Rome and Syracuse of 263 BC at the beginning of the First Punic War. This period coincided with the height of the city’s splendour. In 214 BC, Hippocrates was hosted there after being defeated in the clash with the Romans. For Sicily, the period of Roman rule was generally a period of decadence, but this was not the case for Akrai.
This was when the city began to mint its own coins and assumed some economic importance in the region.

Luminous sacred spaces

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

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

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The Palazzo dei due mori

A unifying project for the city of Catania

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The Church of Madonna della Stella

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The church and the college

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

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The art of maiolica

A casket of precious works

The Church of St. Benedict

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The interior of the church: space and colour

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The interior and works of art

The city within the city

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The expansion of space and changing reality

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

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

St. Agatha and the candelore

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The articulated interior spaces

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

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

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

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

A heritage of votive works

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The Church of St. Francis

One city, three sites

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The eagle-shaped city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

A story of rebirth

Altars, saints and sculptural works

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

Art in the cathedral

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

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

City and nature

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

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

The two churches

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

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

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The new roads of the city

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The Benedictines’ library

The Franciscan convent

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

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

The city palace

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The Staircase of Angels

A stone garden

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

The church and the monastery

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The palace, the town, the church

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

The Church of St. Paul

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

The works in the church

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Religious architecture