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 Sebastiano

Prominent façade

Many owners, one palace

A square as the heart of the city

The chocolate of Modica

The wall comes to life

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A prominent church

The Staircase of Angels

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

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A colourful floor

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The theatre of taste

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The façade used as a puppet theatre

New roads for Catania

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Some masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Feasting in Palazzolo

A talking palace

A symbol for the town

The internal colours

One city, three sites

The Burgos crucifix

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

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A majestic and luminous church

A half-Baroque church

A small room with a golden entrance

One city, two sites

The church of Carmine

A miniature city

A city in colour

The Baroque town by the sea

Searching for colour

From International Gothic to present day

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A triumph of colour

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

Feast days

The Maiolica of the staircase

Two illustrious patron saints

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A feast only for Scicli

A long reconstruction

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A hall for the feasts

An eagle-shaped city

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The disastrous earthquake

A new site for a new church

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Discovering the mother church

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A museum to save a tradition

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The two churches

Between white and black

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

Wonderful quick decorations

The city of museums

A new site for a new city

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Norman apses

Some prestigious works