Introduction to Val di Noto

Religious architecture

For religious buildings, the architecture of the Baroque period sought to become a guiding principle for a journey of faith through the very form of the construction and its ornaments.
The façade features the characteristic elements of the sacred building and reveals its symbolic contents in its sculptural decorations, allegories of saints, votive scrolls and dedications, kept within the rigid geometric and compositional rules typical of the architecture of this period.
The sculptural and “moved” façades lead to an interior that is rich and exciting due to the triumph of colour, stuccoes and decorations that captivate worshippers, rousing wonder and amazement, right up to the crowning moment in the vault with the mystical sight of the triumph of the Saints.

The Church of Madonna della Stella

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The Church of St. Paul

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

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

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

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

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

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The Palazzo dei due mori

The interior of the church: space and colour

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

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The art of maiolica

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The interior and works of art

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

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

A stone garden

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A casket of precious works

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

A heritage of votive works

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

One city, three sites

City and nature

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

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

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The two churches

The articulated interior spaces

Art in the cathedral

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The church and the college

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The works in the church

Luminous sacred spaces

The Franciscan convent

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The Benedictines’ library

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

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The new roads of the city

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The Church of St. Benedict

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

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The city within the city

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

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

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

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

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The expansion of space and changing reality

The city palace

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The Church of St. Francis

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

A story of rebirth

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The Staircase of Angels

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

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

St. Agatha and the candelore

The palace, the town, the church

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

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

Religious architecture

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The eagle-shaped city

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The church and the monastery

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble