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 .

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Baroque town by the sea

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Wonderful quick decorations

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The two churches

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The disastrous earthquake

A miniature city

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A symbol for the town

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Some masterpieces

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The theatre of taste

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A square as the heart of the city

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

The internal colours

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

The colours of the cathedral

Discovering the mother church

Prominent façade

A colourful floor

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

New roads for Catania

From International Gothic to present day

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

One city, two sites

The wall comes to life

A feast only for Scicli

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The interior and its masterpieces

The church of Carmine

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

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

Norman apses

A new site for a new city

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A talking palace

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A majestic and luminous church

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

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

A new site for a new church

A small room with a golden entrance

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

Between white and black

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A half-Baroque church

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Many owners, one palace

Some prestigious works

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

The Staircase of Angels

An eagle-shaped city

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Two illustrious patron saints

One city, three sites

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A long reconstruction

A prominent church

The Maiolica of the staircase

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A city in colour

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The chocolate of Modica

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A museum to save a tradition

The Burgos crucifix

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A hall for the feasts

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A triumph of colour

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

Feast days

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Searching for colour

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)