Militello in Val di Catania

Feast days

By a bishop’s decree dated 12 July 1909, the 18th of August was chosen as the date to celebrate the Holy Saviour. The celebrations last for days and days and involve all citizens.
It begins on the 8th of August with the day of the “Cantata” (song), where bells are rung and cannon shots fired, followed in the evening by a procession, reminding the citizens that the feast is near and inviting them to prepare. Nine long days go by until the 17th of August, the Eve of the feast. In the morning the local band marches around the streets of the town. In the evening the committee for the festivities goes to the town hall and invites the mayor and the civic and military authorities to join the procession.
At this point, after the mayor’s offering of the votive candle and floral tribute to the saint, the sacred image of the Holy Saviour is unveiled.
The 18th of August is finally here!
The town is awoken by the ringing of bells and the firing of one hundred and one cannon shots, followed by the Pontifical High Mass. In the afternoon the statue of the saint leaves the church and is carried in procession through the streets of Militello. It is festively decorated with long red and white drapes, flowers and small altars. The celebrations don’t end here… The Veglia di preghiera (Prayer Vigil) takes place on the 24th followed by a short procession on the 25th; all of which is accompanied by various sport, recreational and cultural activities to entertain the participants.

The interior and its masterpieces

The internal colours

The Staircase of Angels

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The disastrous earthquake

Connections with other UNESCO sites

One city, two sites

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The colours of the cathedral

A triumph of colour

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

The Burgos crucifix

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Feasting in Palazzolo

Some prestigious works

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The theatre of taste

Two illustrious patron saints

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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

Discovering the mother church

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A hall for the feasts

Feast days

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A long reconstruction

Prominent façade

A majestic and luminous church

A new site for a new church

Norman apses

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

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Between white and black

One city, three sites

A colourful floor

A prominent church

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The façade used as a puppet theatre

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A talking palace

Many owners, one palace

A small room with a golden entrance

The Maiolica of the staircase

A feast only for Scicli

The wall comes to life

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The two churches

A city in colour

Some masterpieces

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

An eagle-shaped city

A square as the heart of the city

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Searching for colour

The chocolate of Modica

A miniature city

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The city of museums

A new site for a new city

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

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

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Wonderful quick decorations

A half-Baroque church

From International Gothic to present day

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A symbol for the town

New roads for Catania

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The church of Carmine

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

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

A museum to save a tradition

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto