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 .

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

An eagle-shaped city

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A half-Baroque church

A talking palace

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A hall for the feasts

St. Sebastian, so much work!

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Searching for colour

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Baroque town by the sea

One city, two sites

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

From International Gothic to present day

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Wonderful quick decorations

Many owners, one palace

The chocolate of Modica

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

Some prestigious works

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Some masterpieces

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The disastrous earthquake

A prominent church

Between white and black

A city in colour

A museum to save a tradition

Prominent façade

The city of museums

Discovering the mother church

New roads for Catania

Two illustrious patron saints

A new site for a new church

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A majestic and luminous church

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A new site for a new city

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

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

A triumph of colour

The theatre of taste

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A square as the heart of the city

A feast only for Scicli

A symbol for the town

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

Norman apses

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A colourful floor

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A miniature city

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Feast days

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

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

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

The colours of the cathedral

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

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The church of Carmine

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The Burgos crucifix

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A small room with a golden entrance

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

The internal colours

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A long reconstruction

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The two churches

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The interior and its masterpieces

The Staircase of Angels

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

The wall comes to life

One city, three sites

The character of Badia Sant’Agata