New roads for Catania

A geometric model was envisaged for the reconstruction and reorganisation of the streets of Catania, formed of streets with right angle intersections, extending around Piazza Duomo.
The four main roads (Via Etnea, Via Sangiuliano, Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Giuseppe Garibaldi) were designed in this sense.
The former Via Uzeda, now Via Etnea, was designed with the idea of straightening the old Via La Luminaria and creating a long straight road starting from Piazza Duomo.
panorama piazza duomo catania Via Etnea
It was designed to intersect with Via Sangiuliano, which still links the Montevergine district to the sea, and with which it forms the Quattro Canti “.
Via San Giuliano  4 canti con Via Etnea
The other two roads that were built are the current Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, which today link Piazza Duomo with the old city and Piazza Duomo with Porta Garibaldi respectively.
Via Vittorio Emanuele Via Garibaldi

Via Crociferi was added and completed the city’s new road network, and is where some of the most beautiful churches in Catania were built. It was in these streets that the writer Giovanni Verga  set many of his novels. Some examples include Storia di una capinera (Story of a Blackcap), Una Peccatrice (A Sinner) and I Malavoglia (The Reluctance).
The new road layout brought great advantages to the city of Catania; it made it easier to move around and thus made it possible to create vast spaces where citizens could rush to safety in an earthquake. Reconstruction work was started by groups of workers from Calabria and the area around Etna, experts in the removal of lava stone  blocks.

Feast days

Some prestigious works

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The Burgos crucifix

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

A prominent church

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The Maiolica of the staircase

One city, three sites

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A museum to save a tradition

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

From International Gothic to present day

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

Wonderful quick decorations

The Baroque town by the sea

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

New roads for Catania

A miniature city

A new site for a new city

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Prominent façade

A colourful floor

The theatre of taste

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

The chocolate of Modica

A long reconstruction

A small room with a golden entrance

One city, two sites

Searching for colour

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

A majestic and luminous church

A square as the heart of the city

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Modica, a city with ancient origins

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A city in colour

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A symbol for the town

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The city of museums

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The two churches

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Two illustrious patron saints

A new site for a new church

The internal colours

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A triumph of colour

Many owners, one palace

Between white and black

An eagle-shaped city

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A feast only for Scicli

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The disastrous earthquake

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Some masterpieces

A hall for the feasts

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

Discovering the mother church

Norman apses

The wall comes to life

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A talking palace

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The interior and its masterpieces

The colours of the cathedral

The church of Carmine

The Staircase of Angels

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

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

A half-Baroque church