Connections with other UNESCO sites

The route in the Val di Noto is a journey to discover some of the cities in eastern Sicily rebuilt after the tragic earthquake of 1693.
New cities, new churches and new stately palaces were rebuilt.
The cities were designed rationally, and the careful and well-thought-out street layout made up of roads that intersected at right angles was one of the characteristic elements of the reconstruction. This element can be found not only in the cities of the Val di Noto, but in other UNESCO heritage cities, such as Agrigento and Palermo.
The latter has an additional link to Catania: both cities one century later saw the construction of the Quattro Canti, a large and scenic square created from the intersection of two streets at a right angle.
But the link between the Sicilian UNESCO sites does not end here.
The wonderful archaeological site of Piazza Armerina shows a great variety and wealth of materials, a sign that the inhabitant of the Roman villa must have been a prominent figure. This need to express social status through one’s residence was not only typical of the 4th century but also of the 18th century, as seen by Palazzo Tommasi-Rosso and Palazzo Nicolaci.
In this analysis, which aims to link the UNESCO sites together, we must stress the role played by religious orders.
In every city they built splendid cathedrals, churches and monasteries, like those of the Benedictines in Catania and the Aeolian Islands.
These are joined by traditional religious feasts, which hold a special place in the hearts of Sicilians. Long celebrations are dedicated, to name but a few, to St. Agatha in Catania, St. Lucy in Syracuse and St. Rosalia in Palermo.

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Norman apses

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A majestic and luminous church

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

New roads for Catania

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A new site for a new church

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

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

The internal colours

A city in colour

A half-Baroque church

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

The church of Carmine

Between white and black

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

From International Gothic to present day

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A museum to save a tradition

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A feast only for Scicli

Prominent façade

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The disastrous earthquake

A talking palace

Feast days

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

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A new site for a new city

Some prestigious works

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The colours of the cathedral

One city, two sites

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Baroque town by the sea

The wall comes to life

Some masterpieces

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

A long reconstruction

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

The interior and its masterpieces

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The city of museums

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A colourful floor

A triumph of colour

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

One city, three sites

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A miniature city

The two churches

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Discovering the mother church

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The Maiolica of the staircase

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The Staircase of Angels

A square as the heart of the city

Searching for colour

A hall for the feasts

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Many owners, one palace

An eagle-shaped city

A prominent church

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Burgos crucifix

A symbol for the town

Wonderful quick decorations

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

The theatre of taste

A small room with a golden entrance