Palazzolo Acreide

Feasting in Palazzolo

In Palazzolo Acreide St. Sebastian is so highly revered that there are two feasts!
The first celebration takes place on the 20th of January, the official day, and the other on the 10th of August. The summer feast is not only important from the religious point of view, but is enriched and completed with a series of activities and performances involving a large number of people.
The choice of date was not at all accidental; first of all it, it meant certain good weather and secondly, it coincided with the wheat harvest.
In addition, following the great migration north and overseas, the summer period was also the time when many Sicilians returned home for their holidays.
Therefore, once the day was decided, all that was left to do was to begin the festivities, which last ten days, from 8th to 17th August, and retrace the traditional rites and functions with musical performances, exhibitions and all kinds of events.
The 10th of August is clearly the more important day. It is the day of the “sciuta”, when the Saint and relics are taken from the churches carried on people’s shoulders as small firecrackers and thousands of “nsareddi”, 2-metre-long multi-coloured paper strips are thrown.
The marching band and fireworks are also not to be missed.
Festa di San SebastianoIt is a feast where the entire country comes to a standstill and the enthusiastic community participates in the celebrations.

Some masterpieces

Discovering the mother church

Many owners, one palace

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Burgos crucifix

A prominent church

A new site for a new church

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Some prestigious works

Searching for colour

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

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

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

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The internal colours

The wall comes to life

The Staircase of Angels

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The church of Carmine

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A hall for the feasts

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The city of museums

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A city in colour

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Two illustrious patron saints

Feasting in Palazzolo

The chocolate of Modica

A new site for a new city

A feast only for Scicli

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Between white and black

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A majestic and luminous church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Prominent façade

A half-Baroque church

A square as the heart of the city

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The interior and its masterpieces

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A miniature city

A triumph of colour

From International Gothic to present day

A museum to save a tradition

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

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

Wonderful quick decorations

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

One city, two sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

An eagle-shaped city

The colours of the cathedral

Limestone, the colour of harmony

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A symbol for the town

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A talking palace

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Norman apses

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A long reconstruction

The Maiolica of the staircase

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The theatre of taste

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

One city, three sites

A small room with a golden entrance

A colourful floor

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Baroque town by the sea

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The disastrous earthquake

The two churches

New roads for Catania

Feast days