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.

New roads for Catania

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The two churches

A majestic and luminous church

The Baroque town by the sea

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A city in colour

The Maiolica of the staircase

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Some masterpieces

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

A miniature city

A colourful floor

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

A triumph of colour

Feast days

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

A museum to save a tradition

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Prominent façade

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A talking palace

A symbol for the town

A new site for a new church

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Between white and black

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

A small room with a golden entrance

A long reconstruction

A new site for a new city

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The interior and its masterpieces

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

Discovering the mother church

The city of museums

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The wall comes to life

Some prestigious works

One city, three sites

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

The church of Carmine

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Feasting in Palazzolo

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

One city, two sites

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The Staircase of Angels

Many owners, one palace

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The theatre of taste

The chocolate of Modica

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

From International Gothic to present day

A square as the heart of the city

The disastrous earthquake

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

The internal colours

A prominent church

Norman apses

The Burgos crucifix

Wonderful quick decorations

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Searching for colour

A hall for the feasts

The colours of the cathedral

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

A feast only for Scicli

An eagle-shaped city

A half-Baroque church