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.

A half-Baroque church

Feast days

The disastrous earthquake

A long reconstruction

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Wonderful quick decorations

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

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

A symbol for the town

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

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

A square as the heart of the city

The Burgos crucifix

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

One city, two sites

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A city in colour

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The theatre of taste

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Many owners, one palace

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Maiolica of the staircase

Some masterpieces

A museum to save a tradition

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Between white and black

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

One city, three sites

The Staircase of Angels

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

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

Discovering the mother church

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A majestic and luminous church

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The church of Carmine

The chocolate of Modica

The interior and its masterpieces

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

From International Gothic to present day

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Prominent façade

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

The colours of the cathedral

The city of museums

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

An eagle-shaped city

The wall comes to life

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

New roads for Catania

Searching for colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A prominent church

A new site for a new city

The internal colours

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A feast only for Scicli

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Two illustrious patron saints

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The two churches

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A triumph of colour

A small room with a golden entrance

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

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

A colourful floor

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A miniature city

A new site for a new church

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A hall for the feasts

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A talking palace

Feasting in Palazzolo

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

Some prestigious works

Norman apses

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The façade used as a puppet theatre