Noto

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Corbels are one of the most characteristic elements of the palaces of the Val di Noto. They make the façades of the noble buildings unique and animated. Carefully designed and sculpted by the best artisans, the corbels of Palazzo Nicolaci liven up the street that shares the same name.
Each one was created according to a precise design, “the virtues of the Nicolaci”. You can see winged horses with their front legs reaching out to freedom, and winged figures looking to the future.
The central door is followed by sirens, symbols of spirituality, and the balcony of chimeras , monstrous mythological creatures with a lion’s face, symbols of power.
At the beginning and end there are two large corbels dedicated to the Nicolaci family, who went from being simple merchants to barons then princes, all of which is depicted by the metaphor of a child who grows up and becomes an adult.
It is a symbolic building of Baroque architecture and the political and economic power achieved by the family.
sirena balcone chimera balcone lateralmente

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

One city, two sites

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

A new site for a new church

Feast days

Wonderful quick decorations

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

A square as the heart of the city

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The two churches

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

A small room with a golden entrance

Some masterpieces

A half-Baroque church

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The interior and its masterpieces

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

From International Gothic to present day

Norman apses

One city, three sites

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A city in colour

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

Prominent façade

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The chocolate of Modica

A feast only for Scicli

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A triumph of colour

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

The church of Carmine

The colours of the cathedral

Many owners, one palace

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The internal colours

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

A museum to save a tradition

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Staircase of Angels

The Baroque town by the sea

A new site for a new city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

Searching for colour

A majestic and luminous church

Two illustrious patron saints

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A symbol for the town

The wall comes to life

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

An eagle-shaped city

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A hall for the feasts

The Maiolica of the staircase

A colourful floor

Some prestigious works

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The theatre of taste

A miniature city

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A talking palace

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Discovering the mother church

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

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

A long reconstruction

Between white and black

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

New roads for Catania

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A prominent church

The disastrous earthquake