An eagle-shaped city

Caltagirone boasts very ancient origins: the first settlements date back to the Neolithic Age.
Its strategic position high up in the hills brought the town centuries-long fortune.foto panoramica della città
Situated in the fertile plain between the Hyblaean and Erean Mountains, the Normans passed through Caltagirone and the Greeks and Romans before them. It has always been a very active city, with the work to renew not a consequence of the earthquake, but beginning much earlier.
Two main roads were built, one connecting the area of San Giorgio with San Giacomo and the other connecting the main church to the southern quarter.
The extraordinary Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte (Staircase of St. Mary of the Mountain) was built during this new road organisation, which included a plan of streets at right angles.
Foto drone cittàWhen seen from above, the town’s new layout was shaped like an eagle: the old quarter of the castle was its head, the quarters of San Giacomo and San Giorgio its wings, and the quarter of San Francesco its tail.
After the earthquake of 1693 Caltagirone was rebuilt on the same site and the previous road layout maintained. The city was enriched with splendid buildings and new architecture in blatant Baroque style, such as the church of Santa Chiara (St. Claire).

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

Searching for colour

Some masterpieces

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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

Wonderful quick decorations

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A miniature city

A talking palace

A triumph of colour

Limestone, the colour of harmony

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The interior and its masterpieces

The chocolate of Modica

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

A museum to save a tradition

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

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Many owners, one palace

Prominent façade

A symbol for the town

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The wall comes to life

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A feast only for Scicli

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A hall for the feasts

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Between white and black

The disastrous earthquake

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

From International Gothic to present day

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The theatre of taste

Two illustrious patron saints

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Feasting in Palazzolo

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

New roads for Catania

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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

A half-Baroque church

The Maiolica of the staircase

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The Baroque town by the sea

The colours of the cathedral

A majestic and luminous church

Some prestigious works

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The city of museums

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

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The two churches

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

A new site for a new church

One city, two sites

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A prominent church

A new site for a new city

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Norman apses

The Staircase of Angels

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The internal colours

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

An eagle-shaped city

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A colourful floor

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

One city, three sites

The Burgos crucifix

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A city in colour

The church of Carmine

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

A small room with a golden entrance

Feast days

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A square as the heart of the city

Discovering the mother church

A long reconstruction

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)