Palazzolo Acreide

One city, three sites

Palazzolo Acreide is located further inland in Syracuse and is one of the oldest towns in the Val di Noto.Also struck by the 1693 earthquake, it was reborn from its rubble in the same location. Here the Baroque style fits in perfectly with the narrow, dense medieval streets.
Light enters the squares, making the façades and the contrasts between the colours stand out.
The town has three different construction phases that illustrate three different historical periods.
The medieval centre, which stood near former Acre, was located on a rocky spur in a strategic position for controlling the territory.
There stood a “palatium”, or imperial palace, which is probably where the name “palatiolum” of the new town came from. The oldest centre of the town was founded seventy years after the city of Syracuse, with which a lasting bond was built.
This new town on the plateau of the Hyblaean Mountains allowed trade between Syracuse and the other southern towns, promoting the spread of Hellenic culture in the centuries to come. After the tragic earthquake, the most important Baroque buildings and squares were built around the main street dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele. Palazzolo Acreide still retains some evidence of the ancient Greek city of Akrai: if you walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele you’ll reach the Greek theatre .

A Nobel Prize in Modica

St. Sebastian, so much work!

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The disastrous earthquake

Prominent façade

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Feast days

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

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

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The Burgos crucifix

A colourful floor

Wonderful quick decorations

The Maiolica of the staircase

Limestone, the colour of harmony

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Two illustrious patron saints

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

Some masterpieces

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

Discovering the mother church

A symbol for the town

A long reconstruction

A new site for a new city

A majestic and luminous church

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

An eagle-shaped city

The church of Carmine

One city, three sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Searching for colour

The Baroque town by the sea

The Staircase of Angels

The wall comes to life

One city, two sites

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A talking palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A miniature city

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

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

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A new site for a new church

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A museum to save a tradition

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The façade used as a puppet theatre

From International Gothic to present day

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

A small room with a golden entrance

New roads for Catania

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The two churches

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A square as the heart of the city

The colours of the cathedral

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

A triumph of colour

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A city in colour

Some prestigious works

Between white and black

Norman apses

The interior and its masterpieces

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Feasting in Palazzolo

The internal colours

A feast only for Scicli

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The chocolate of Modica

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A prominent church

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A half-Baroque church

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A hall for the feasts

The theatre of taste