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).

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

The interior and its masterpieces

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

The wall comes to life

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A square as the heart of the city

A symbol for the town

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A feast only for Scicli

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A city in colour

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

One city, two sites

Some masterpieces

The Burgos crucifix

A majestic and luminous church

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Feasting in Palazzolo

A talking palace

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Discovering the mother church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Some prestigious works

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The Staircase of Angels

A half-Baroque church

A miniature city

Norman apses

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A small room with a golden entrance

Wonderful quick decorations

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A new site for a new city

New roads for Catania

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

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

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A prominent church

A long reconstruction

Two illustrious patron saints

The Baroque town by the sea

A hall for the feasts

The theatre of taste

The disastrous earthquake

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

The church of Carmine

The city of museums

The two churches

A triumph of colour

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

A new site for a new church

A museum to save a tradition

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

From International Gothic to present day

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

Many owners, one palace

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

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

One city, three sites

Searching for colour

The internal colours

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Between white and black

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A colourful floor

Feast days

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

An eagle-shaped city

Prominent façade

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The character of Badia Sant’Agata