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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Many owners, one palace

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

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites

An eagle-shaped city

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Feasting in Palazzolo

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Staircase of Angels

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Discovering the mother church

A prominent church

A square as the heart of the city

The Burgos crucifix

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

A new site for a new city

One city, two sites

Some masterpieces

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

A city in colour

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A new site for a new church

A miniature city

A triumph of colour

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

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

Searching for colour

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The church of Carmine

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The Maiolica of the staircase

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A museum to save a tradition

The disastrous earthquake

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The city of museums

Norman apses

A colourful floor

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A symbol for the town

The two churches

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The chocolate of Modica

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

A hall for the feasts

A feast only for Scicli

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Some prestigious works

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

The internal colours

A long reconstruction

The theatre of taste

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The interior and its masterpieces

Wonderful quick decorations

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Feast days

Between white and black

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Prominent façade

Two illustrious patron saints

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The wall comes to life

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

One city, three sites

A small room with a golden entrance

The Baroque town by the sea

A majestic and luminous church

New roads for Catania

A half-Baroque church

A talking palace

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

From International Gothic to present day

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours