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 .

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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The two churches

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Wonderful quick decorations

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Feast days

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Prominent façade

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A Nobel Prize in Modica

An eagle-shaped city

A new site for a new church

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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A long reconstruction

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A prominent church

The Maiolica of the staircase

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

A half-Baroque church

From International Gothic to present day

One city, two sites

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Feasting in Palazzolo

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A triumph of colour

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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The Burgos crucifix

The Baroque town by the sea

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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The city of museums

A small room with a golden entrance

A city in colour

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The interior and its masterpieces

New roads for Catania

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Between white and black

A symbol for the town

Some masterpieces

The internal colours

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

Discovering the mother church

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A miniature city

Two illustrious patron saints

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

The colours of the cathedral

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The church of Carmine

The chocolate of Modica

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Searching for colour

Norman apses

The wall comes to life

A talking palace

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A majestic and luminous church

Some prestigious works

The theatre of taste

The Staircase of Angels

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The disastrous earthquake

A museum to save a tradition

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A colourful floor

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A feast only for Scicli

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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