Introduction to Val di Noto

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

Baroque creativity develops in the central part of the elevation.
The long balconies of the piano nobile (main floor) are embellished by elegant wrought iron railings with a classic round-bottomed shape; the cornices of the large windows are enriched by sculptures and allegories that recall abundance and wealth.
The recurring themes taken from Baroque iconography and widely documented in still life paintings include cornucopias, grapes and garlands. The latter differ from their previous depictions due to their dynamics that enhance the creative spirit of the period.
The most emblematic elements are the large corbels that support the protrusions. It is here that the engravers gave free rein to their imagination, drawing from the vast graphic repertoire of Baroque imagery.
In this way, masks and grotesques were created, modelled using local stone to depict animals and anthropomorphic elements with curious expressions that attract the eye of passers-by, rousing “wonder and amazement”.

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

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The interior and works of art

The eagle-shaped city

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

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

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

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The Palazzo dei due mori

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

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

Religious architecture

The city palace

The Church of St. Benedict

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

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

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

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

The Church of St. Paul

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Luminous sacred spaces

The interior of the church: space and colour

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

A unifying project for the city of Catania

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

A heritage of votive works

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

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

A stone garden

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The articulated interior spaces

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

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

St. Agatha and the candelore

The new roads of the city

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The palace, the town, the church

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Franciscan convent

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The church and the monastery

The Benedictines’ library

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

A story of rebirth

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

One city, three sites

The casket of austerity under the great dome

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The two churches

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

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The expansion of space and changing reality

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The Church of St. Francis

The works in the church

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

A casket of precious works

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The art of maiolica

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

City and nature

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The city within the city

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Staircase of Angels

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

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The church and the college

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

Art in the cathedral