Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Nature and architecture blend perfectly in Ragusa. Construction adapted to the environment in a surprising way. It was the result of careful planning involving many architects, engineers and foremen.
Each made a valuable contribution, though unfortunately it is not always possible to acknowledge everyone who worked on the project (such as the workers). Fortunately this is not the case for the “maestro of the Val di Noto”, Rosario Gagliardi.
He was perhaps the most creative 18th-century Sicilian architect, and was certainly the most innovative. He proposed a Baroque style that started with the basic rules then became something more beautiful and newer. His designs always took into account the context of the town, where it was and what was around it.foto facciata duomo This way, the buildings of the towns he built fit perfectly into the space.
He invented the tower façade, a façade that ended with a tower and bells, like the cathedral of San Giorgio (St. George) in Ragusa Ibla.
In his eyes, architecture was not only a useful discipline for constructing and designing a building, it also had to be able to arouse emotion. For this reason he placed sculptural decorations on the walls that added life and expression to his façades.
Unfortunately, not all of his ideas could be executed; Gagliardi had to be mindful of the economic factor and the money at his disposal.This was not, however, an obstacle to his imagination. Using his skill, the architect always managed to work and combine economic and aesthetic factors.

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

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

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

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

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A square as the heart of the city

An eagle-shaped city

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Feasting in Palazzolo

Norman apses

One city, three sites

The interior and its masterpieces

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The internal colours

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A new site for a new city

The colours of the cathedral

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

The Baroque town by the sea

Prominent façade

Searching for colour

The city of museums

A prominent church

Some masterpieces

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Wonderful quick decorations

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Maiolica of the staircase

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A symbol for the town

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

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The theatre of taste

A feast only for Scicli

A museum to save a tradition

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Discovering the mother church

The wall comes to life

Between white and black

Feast days

A talking palace

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A half-Baroque church

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A hall for the feasts

A triumph of colour

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A long reconstruction

One city, two sites

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The church of Carmine

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A colourful floor

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The two churches

Many owners, one palace

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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

The Staircase of Angels

New roads for Catania

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The chocolate of Modica

Two illustrious patron saints

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Some prestigious works

A new site for a new church

A miniature city

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A Nobel Prize in Modica

St. Sebastian, so much work!

From International Gothic to present day

A city in colour

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A majestic and luminous church

The disastrous earthquake

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century