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 senses tell the story of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A half-Baroque church

Wonderful quick decorations

Some prestigious works

From International Gothic to present day

A colourful floor

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

A long reconstruction

The Burgos crucifix

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The church of Carmine

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Feasting in Palazzolo

A triumph of colour

The chocolate of Modica

A new site for a new city

The theatre of taste

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Between white and black

A feast only for Scicli

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A majestic and luminous church

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A prominent church

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The disastrous earthquake

Searching for colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Norman apses

Discovering the mother church

The city of museums

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The Maiolica of the staircase

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A miniature city

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Prominent façade

The Baroque town by the sea

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

A small room with a golden entrance

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

One city, two sites

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

A square as the heart of the city

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A symbol for the town

An eagle-shaped city

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The two churches

The wall comes to life

Two illustrious patron saints

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Feast days

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Some masterpieces

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The Staircase of Angels

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A hall for the feasts

A museum to save a tradition

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

New roads for Catania

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A new site for a new church

A city in colour

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

The internal colours

One city, three sites

A talking palace

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites