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.

A prominent church

A new site for a new church

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

Prominent façade

A talking palace

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A miniature city

Wonderful quick decorations

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

From International Gothic to present day

A half-Baroque church

The colours of the cathedral

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The theatre of taste

A museum to save a tradition

The Burgos crucifix

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Staircase of Angels

The chocolate of Modica

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A new site for a new city

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The two churches

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A colourful floor

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

One city, three sites

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The Maiolica of the staircase

Discovering the mother church

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The city of museums

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

One city, two sites

Two illustrious patron saints

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A hall for the feasts

Many owners, one palace

An eagle-shaped city

The disastrous earthquake

The church of Carmine

The Baroque town by the sea

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A symbol for the town

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A feast only for Scicli

Feasting in Palazzolo

Norman apses

A majestic and luminous church

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Between white and black

The interior and its masterpieces

A square as the heart of the city

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A city in colour

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

Some prestigious works

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

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

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

New roads for Catania

Searching for colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Some masterpieces

A triumph of colour

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

The internal colours

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Feast days

A long reconstruction

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The wall comes to life

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