Introduction to Val di Noto

Fantasies of light and colour

Introduction to the route

The proposed educational route retraces the main events of the history of the Val di Noto.
Through the suggested itineraries it intends to lead younger children along their discovery of the eight towns: Catania, Militello in Val di Catania, Caltagirone, Ragusa, Modica, Scicli, Palazzolo Acreide and Noto.
This is a unique chance and opportunity to examine a territory rich in history.
Following the tragic earthquake of 1693, the towns of the Val di Noto were rebuilt with such homogeneity and richness from an artistic and architectural point of view that they were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The post-earthquake reconstruction is examined through many aspects that revolve around the brightness of paint colours, effects and plays on light and shadow that make the heritage a particularly fascinating and completely unusual sight. As well as featuring prominently in the lively character of the communities that inhabit these places, colour accompanies our gaze in a conscious interpretation of architectural shapes and unique landscapes, becoming an inspiration for artisanal production, too.
The children, then, can expect to experience many, powerful emotions.

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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

The church of Carmine

The disastrous earthquake

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A majestic and luminous church

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The Burgos crucifix

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Norman apses

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The wall comes to life

Between white and black

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A prominent church

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A symbol for the town

A museum to save a tradition

Searching for colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A hall for the feasts

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

A half-Baroque church

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

One city, three sites

Some prestigious works

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Discovering the mother church

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

An eagle-shaped city

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Modica, a city with ancient origins

From International Gothic to present day

The internal colours

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A colourful floor

Prominent façade

The Maiolica of the staircase

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

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

The Baroque town by the sea

A triumph of colour

A long reconstruction

Feasting in Palazzolo

The theatre of taste

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A square as the heart of the city

A feast only for Scicli

The interior and its masterpieces

Two illustrious patron saints

A talking palace

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

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

A new site for a new church

A city in colour

Feast days

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A miniature city

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Wonderful quick decorations

The colours of the cathedral

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

One city, two sites

New roads for Catania

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Some masterpieces

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The Staircase of Angels

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The chocolate of Modica

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The two churches

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A new site for a new city