Modica

Many owners, one palace

foto palazzo salendo da via CalamenzanaPalazzo Tommasi Rosso is located on Corso Francesco Crispi, behind the Cathedral of San Giorgio (St. George), in the ancient district of Francavilla. It is an important testimony to the late Baroque architecture of Modica. Though the palace is named Napolino Tommasi Rosso, the family that commissioned the building was probably the Lorefice family.
In the second half of the 18th century, work began on a majestic two-storey palace with an internal courtyard and a rich, elaborate façade. The façade is symmetrical; the portal in the middle, with two windows on the sides, and three balconies with corbels on the second storey.

porzione del palazzo mascheroni mensoloni del balcone centrale del palazzo
The large portal is enclosed on the left and right by two columns, on which are carved two lion heads and from which hang two elegant cloths. The top is completed by an elegant protruding trabeation with a broken line, typical of Baroque architecture.

zoom colonna del grande portale
colonna del grande portale

The large corbels, five per balcony, are all richly decorated; the two lateral ones were embellished with plant motifs and the middle one features the classic masks of the late Sicilian Baroque palaces. The palace is an elegant building in the heart of the town that tells the story of a bygone era.
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Church of San Giuliano (St. Julian) on Via dei Crociferi: reconstruction

A small room with a golden entrance

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A majestic and luminous church

The Baroque town by the sea

A city in colour

The Maiolica of the staircase

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The colours of the cathedral

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Prominent façade

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A new site for a new church

A long reconstruction

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The church of Carmine

A feast only for Scicli

A hall for the feasts

The chocolate of Modica

A museum to save a tradition

The interior and its masterpieces

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

From International Gothic to present day

A triumph of colour

A square as the heart of the city

A miniature city

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Feasting in Palazzolo

One city, three sites

The internal colours

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A half-Baroque church

A talking palace

The disastrous earthquake

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

The theatre of taste

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A colourful floor

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Searching for colour

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Feast days

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

One city, two sites

Many owners, one palace

A new site for a new city

Discovering the mother church

Between white and black

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Wonderful quick decorations

Two illustrious patron saints

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The city of museums

Norman apses

New roads for Catania

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

An eagle-shaped city

The two churches

A symbol for the town

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The wall comes to life

Some prestigious works

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Some masterpieces

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

A prominent church

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Staircase of Angels