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.

Norman apses

Feasting in Palazzolo

New roads for Catania

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

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A colourful floor

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A hall for the feasts

From International Gothic to present day

A talking palace

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The Baroque town by the sea

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A miniature city

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Between white and black

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

A square as the heart of the city

A museum to save a tradition

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The two churches

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A new site for a new city

The Maiolica of the staircase

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A triumph of colour

The interior and its masterpieces

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

A symbol for the town

The Staircase of Angels

Many owners, one palace

A majestic and luminous church

Prominent façade

A feast only for Scicli

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The colours of the cathedral

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

One city, three sites

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

A prominent church

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

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

Wonderful quick decorations

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The disastrous earthquake

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The chocolate of Modica

A long reconstruction

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The wall comes to life

Feast days

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

Some prestigious works

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The church of Carmine

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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

The Burgos crucifix

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Some masterpieces

A half-Baroque church

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

An eagle-shaped city

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Two illustrious patron saints

One city, two sites

The city of museums

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The internal colours

Discovering the mother church

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Searching for colour

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A new site for a new church

A city in colour

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The theatre of taste

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso