Noto

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The current city of Noto is the result of a complete reconstruction in a new location. The previous site, called Noto antica , was destroyed by the earthquake of 1693.
was destroyed by the earthquake of 1693. The community took more than ten years to decide where to build the new city. A decision was finally made by the vicar general Giuseppe Lanza Duca di Camastra who chose the Meti Plateau, a safer and more accessible area for trade routes.
The aristocracy and the clergy invested heavily in the reconstruction, and the works were commissioned to the best architects of the time: Rosario Gagliardi , Vincenzo Sinatra and the Labisi brothers, flanked by valuable craftspeople. The urban layout is arranged on two levels.
The first includes the slope and the upper part on the hill called the Pianazzo, where the popular buildings were built. The second is monumental Noto, whose urban design is attributed to the Jesuit architect Angelo Italia. It is located on the lower part of the slope where the noble buildings and religious complexes initially settled with temporary structures.
Later, in the 18th century, this area became home to the city’s magnificent Baroque scenery. Monumental Noto extends along the east-west axis, where three squares and the main buildings are positioned, with a layout similar to Catania. The Pianazzo, on the other hand, has a chessboard layout and runs along the north-south axis.
Between changes of perspective and altitude, the intersection of the two roads, the architecture and the staircases make up the wonderful Baroque scenery of Noto.

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

The Palazzo dei due mori

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

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

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The Benedictines’ library

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The two churches

The palace, the town, the church

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

Luminous sacred spaces

The church and the college

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The Church of St. Paul

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The Staircase of Angels

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The eagle-shaped city

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The expansion of space and changing reality

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

A unifying project for the city of Catania

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

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

A story of rebirth

A stone garden

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The city palace

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The interior of the church: space and colour

A casket of precious works

Religious architecture

The Church of St. Francis

The city within the city

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

A heritage of votive works

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

Art in the cathedral

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The church and the monastery

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

One city, three sites

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

St. Agatha and the candelore

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

The articulated interior spaces

The works in the church

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The Church of St. Benedict

City and nature

The interior and works of art

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

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

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

The Franciscan convent

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The new roads of the city

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The art of maiolica

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition