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 Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

A small room with a golden entrance

The chocolate of Modica

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The theatre of taste

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A city in colour

Some masterpieces

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

The disastrous earthquake

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The two churches

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A triumph of colour

Searching for colour

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

A new site for a new city

Feast days

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The Staircase of Angels

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A museum to save a tradition

A miniature city

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

One city, two sites

An eagle-shaped city

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A symbol for the town

Connections with other UNESCO sites

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A feast only for Scicli

A hall for the feasts

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

A long reconstruction

Prominent façade

Between white and black

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Two illustrious patron saints

The Baroque town by the sea

One city, three sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A prominent church

A colourful floor

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The city of museums

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Wonderful quick decorations

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The colours of the cathedral

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

A majestic and luminous church

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

New roads for Catania

A new site for a new church

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

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Some prestigious works

Norman apses

Feasting in Palazzolo

Many owners, one palace

From International Gothic to present day

A talking palace

The internal colours

A square as the heart of the city

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The church of Carmine

The wall comes to life

A half-Baroque church

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Discovering the mother church

The Maiolica of the staircase

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