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 city of museums

New roads for Catania

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A hall for the feasts

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The disastrous earthquake

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A majestic and luminous church

Wonderful quick decorations

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The two churches

A colourful floor

The church of Carmine

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

Discovering the mother church

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

A long reconstruction

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

One city, three sites

Some masterpieces

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A new site for a new city

A half-Baroque church

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Burgos crucifix

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A museum to save a tradition

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

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

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A talking palace

A prominent church

A symbol for the town

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A triumph of colour

From International Gothic to present day

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

An eagle-shaped city

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Searching for colour

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A square as the heart of the city

Feast days

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The Staircase of Angels

The wall comes to life

Two illustrious patron saints

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

Norman apses

A feast only for Scicli

Feasting in Palazzolo

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A new site for a new church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The internal colours

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The theatre of taste

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

A city in colour

A miniature city

Between white and black

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Maiolica of the staircase

The chocolate of Modica

The colours of the cathedral

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The interior and its masterpieces

Some prestigious works

Prominent façade

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

A small room with a golden entrance

One city, two sites