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.
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A miniature city

The church of Carmine

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

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Wonderful quick decorations

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

The interior and its masterpieces

A small room with a golden entrance

A city in colour

The two churches

The Baroque town by the sea

Prominent façade

A triumph of colour

A feast only for Scicli

One city, two sites

A long reconstruction

A colourful floor

Feast days

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

A half-Baroque church

Discovering the mother church

The city of museums

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

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The theatre of taste

A majestic and luminous church

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

An eagle-shaped city

Many owners, one palace

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

Between white and black

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

Norman apses

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Two illustrious patron saints

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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Some masterpieces

A hall for the feasts

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A new palace for the La Rocca lords

One city, three sites

Some prestigious works

A talking palace

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

St. Sebastian, so much work!

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A new site for a new church

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The chocolate of Modica

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The Maiolica of the staircase

A museum to save a tradition

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The wall comes to life

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Staircase of Angels

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The Burgos crucifix

From International Gothic to present day

A square as the heart of the city

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Feasting in Palazzolo

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

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

New roads for Catania

The disastrous earthquake

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A new site for a new city

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The internal colours

A symbol for the town

A prominent church

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Searching for colour