One city, two sites

The town of Ragusa Ibla is built across three different hilly areas separated by a deep valley.
The town is the union of Ibla and Ragusa: Ibla was founded by the Sicels, before the birth of Christ. Ragusa, on the other hand, has much less ancient origins and is linked to the tragic earthquake.foto città nel complesso Following the earthquake, when deciding where to rebuild the town, no agreement could be reached.
The population was divided into two factions: the sangiorgiari suggested the old site; the sangiovannari sought to rebuild it elsewhere.
The former were aristocrats of very old lineage who lived in the parish of San Giorgio (St. George); the Sangiovannari, on the other hand, who lived outside the walls in the district of San Giovanni (St. John), were made up of the poor and the nouveau riche. Neither side wanted to give in, so two independent towns were built. foto IblaIbla was rebuilt on a lower hill than Ragusa and the old road layout was maintained.
Ragusa was planned perfectly with a system of roads that crossed at right angles.
Though rebuilt independently and autonomously from one another, Ragusa and Ibla share the style of Baroque art.
Over time the clear division was lost and the inhabitants began to live in the intermediate space, but it was not until 1926 that Ibla and Ragusa were reunited.foto ragusa

One city, two sites

A triumph of colour

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

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

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A symbol for the town

A hall for the feasts

The two churches

The internal colours

A colourful floor

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Some masterpieces

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A museum to save a tradition

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

Two illustrious patron saints

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Feasting in Palazzolo

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

An eagle-shaped city

Discovering the mother church

One city, three sites

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

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

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Searching for colour

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Feast days

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The chocolate of Modica

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

From International Gothic to present day

The Staircase of Angels

The wall comes to life

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A miniature city

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A talking palace

A new site for a new church

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The church of Carmine

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A feast only for Scicli

The theatre of taste

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Prominent façade

The Baroque town by the sea

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The colours of the cathedral

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The Burgos crucifix

A new site for a new city

Many owners, one palace

Some prestigious works

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

New roads for Catania

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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

Between white and black

A half-Baroque church

A majestic and luminous church

Norman apses

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Wonderful quick decorations

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A long reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A prominent church

The disastrous earthquake

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Maiolica of the staircase

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

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

A square as the heart of the city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The interior and its masterpieces

A city in colour

The city of museums