Noto

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The harmonious architecture and homogeneity of Noto stone create such a scenic balance that the city looks as though it were built in one night.
Noto was actually built over half a century by various architects and craftspeople. Noto omogeneita e l'armonia archtettureThe work of the architect Angelo Italia was fundamental: he organised the city space and created splendid scenographic effects, transforming squares and streets into stages.
No less important was Rosario Gagliardi .
His constant presence in Noto allowed him to closely monitor all of his construction sites and to teach and prepare new, young architects. Upon his death, his works were completed by one of his students, Vincenzo Sinatra , who never forgot the expert’s teachings.
None of this could have been achieved without good basic organisation.
Thanks to Baron Giuseppe Asmundo, the land for constructing the new buildings was allocated fairly and the height of the buildings was also clearly defined. In this way, the buildings were all the same, creating a harmonious and homogeneous landscape.
The choice of white limestone , was also important.This local stone, when lit up by the sun, takes on a golden yellow colour reminiscent of honey.Its appearance has remained unchanged over the centuries; minimal interventions were made and you can still admire it in all its beauty and grace today.The effect is a landscape wrapped in an ethereal light.

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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

Prominent façade

A new site for a new church

A talking palace

The two churches

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A museum to save a tradition

A triumph of colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The disastrous earthquake

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Searching for colour

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

The church of Carmine

A miniature city

One city, three sites

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The Baroque town by the sea

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

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

A symbol for the town

The colours of the cathedral

Norman apses

Two illustrious patron saints

The theatre of taste

The Staircase of Angels

From International Gothic to present day

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

The Burgos crucifix

Discovering the mother church

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

One city, two sites

Some prestigious works

An eagle-shaped city

A long reconstruction

Feasting in Palazzolo

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The internal colours

A new site for a new city

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A city in colour

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Feast days

A majestic and luminous church

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A small room with a golden entrance

Between white and black

Wonderful quick decorations

The chocolate of Modica

A half-Baroque church

Some masterpieces

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

New roads for Catania

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Many owners, one palace

A prominent church

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The wall comes to life

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

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The interior and its masterpieces

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

The Maiolica of the staircase

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A square as the heart of the city

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A hall for the feasts

The city of museums

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

A feast only for Scicli

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

A colourful floor

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe