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.

The theatre of taste

One city, two sites

A new site for a new city

Norman apses

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The two churches

A prominent church

Some masterpieces

The internal colours

A half-Baroque church

Searching for colour

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The colours of the cathedral

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The disastrous earthquake

Many owners, one palace

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The church of Carmine

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A colourful floor

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Staircase of Angels

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

A symbol for the town

A new site for a new church

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A majestic and luminous church

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A museum to save a tradition

The Maiolica of the staircase

Between white and black

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A miniature city

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Burgos crucifix

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

A triumph of colour

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

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

Prominent façade

A talking palace

The chocolate of Modica

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

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

The interior and its masterpieces

Discovering the mother church

The city of museums

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

New roads for Catania

The Baroque town by the sea

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A long reconstruction

Some prestigious works

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

An eagle-shaped city

A small room with a golden entrance

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

From International Gothic to present day

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A feast only for Scicli

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

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

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The wall comes to life

A square as the heart of the city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

A hall for the feasts

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Wonderful quick decorations

One city, three sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Feast days

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A city in colour

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

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Two illustrious patron saints