City and nature

Surrounded by a lush chain of hills located in the southern part of the Hyblaean Mountains and crossed by the river Irminio, the city of Ragusa sits on three hilly areas separated by a deep valley. It originated from the union of Ibla, an ancient city, and Ragusa.Ragusa panoramica
Ibla was founded by the Sicel population. Ragusa, on the other hand, has much less ancient origins and was built after the earthquake of 1693.
The inhabitants were unable to agree on the city’s reconstruction and divided themselves into two factions : the sangiorgiani, which included aristocratic families linked to the parish of San Giorgio, who hoped to rebuild on the old site; and the sangiovannari, represented by more modest classes who lived near the parish of San Giorgio outside the walls, who intended for it to be rebuilt on another site. It was decided, therefore, to build a city divided into two parts: Ibla was rebuilt on a lower hill, maintaining the former road organisation, while Ragusa was designed from scratch with a system of orthogonal roads.
Over time the initial disagreements dissipated and the inhabitants began to live in the intermediate space, but it was not until 1926 that the reunification of Ibla and Ragusa took place.
The modern city is divided into two parts and to reach it you have to go through the Valle dei Ponti (Valley of Bridges), a deep fissure that connects the two parts of the city through four tall bridges that offer an absolutely spectacular view.

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

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

The two churches

The articulated interior spaces

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

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

The eagle-shaped city

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Art in the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Church of St. Paul

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

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

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

A heritage of votive works

Religious architecture

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

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

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

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

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

One city, three sites

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

City and nature

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The art of maiolica

The casket of austerity under the great dome

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

A casket of precious works

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The Church of St. Benedict

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The expansion of space and changing reality

The church and the monastery

St. Agatha and the candelore

The Palazzo dei due mori

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

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

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

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

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

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

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

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

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

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

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The new roads of the city

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The Church of Madonna della Stella

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

A story of rebirth

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

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

The Benedictines’ library

The city palace

A unifying project for the city of Catania

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The works in the church

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

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The Staircase of Angels

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The Franciscan convent

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

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The interior and works of art

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The city within the city

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The palace, the town, the church

A stone garden

The Church of St. Francis

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The church and the college

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

Luminous sacred spaces

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The interior of the church: space and colour

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

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family