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”.

Luminous sacred spaces

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

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

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The works in the church

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The Palazzo dei due mori

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

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

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

A casket of precious works

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

Reconstruction after the earthquake

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

Altars, saints and sculptural works

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

The expansion of space and changing reality

The church and the college

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

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

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

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

St. Agatha and the candelore

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

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

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The new roads of the city

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

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

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The city palace

The eagle-shaped city

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

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

A unifying project for the city of Catania

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

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

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

A heritage of votive works

The interior and works of art

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The casket of austerity under the great dome

Art in the cathedral

The Church of St. Paul

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

A stone garden

One city, three sites

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

City and nature

Religious architecture

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The Benedictines’ library

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The articulated interior spaces

The city within the city

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

A story of rebirth

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

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The Staircase of Angels

The interior of the church: space and colour

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

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

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

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The two churches

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

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

The Franciscan convent

The church and the monastery

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The Church of St. Francis

The palace, the town, the church

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The art of maiolica

The Church of St. Benedict

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

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

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

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond