Militello in Val di Catania

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Inside the courtyard of the Barresi-Branciforte castle is the Fontana della Ninfa Zizza (Fountain of the Nymph Zizza), dating back to 1607.foto fontana zizza frontale d’insieme The rich family, who was very attentive to its citizens, funded a series of public works. It was responsible for building the aqueduct that brought water from the source in the Zizza quarter to the castle, where the fountain provided water for the entire community. It was the town’s first source of public drinking water, an event of great importance at the time.
This work, attributed to Giandomenico Gagini , is located on a terraced wall and inserted in an aedicula with half columns framing the marble bas-relief of the girl Zizza, from whose breasts the water flows; to the right and left of the aedicula are two lion heads inserted in niches , while at the base there is an octagonal basin surmounted by satyr ‘s mask.


The original bas-relief has been kept in the former convent of San Domenico (St. Dominic) since the 1990s due to weather degradation and was restored in 2006. Legend has it that the young Zizza, a shepherdess in love with Lembasi, was betrothed in an unwanted marriage, so she transformed into a spring and her love turned into a stream.
The story was published in 1623 by Pietro Carrera, a historian and scholar who was part of the Branciforte court.

The wall comes to life

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A half-Baroque church

The colours of the cathedral

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Feast days

The two churches

The Staircase of Angels

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A feast only for Scicli

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

From International Gothic to present day

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

A hall for the feasts

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Between white and black

A colourful floor

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Prominent façade

A new site for a new city

The church of Carmine

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

An eagle-shaped city

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A city in colour

The chocolate of Modica

A talking palace

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A long reconstruction

A symbol for the town

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The Maiolica of the staircase

The Baroque town by the sea

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Feasting in Palazzolo

A majestic and luminous church

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Some masterpieces

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

New roads for Catania

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Some prestigious works

The internal colours

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

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

Searching for colour

A square as the heart of the city

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Many owners, one palace

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

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The interior and its masterpieces

One city, two sites

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Norman apses

A prominent church

Limestone, the colour of harmony

One city, three sites

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

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A triumph of colour

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A museum to save a tradition

The theatre of taste

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A miniature city

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A small room with a golden entrance

Two illustrious patron saints

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A new site for a new church

Wonderful quick decorations

The disastrous earthquake

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

Discovering the mother church