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 Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A prominent church

An eagle-shaped city

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A long reconstruction

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Feasting in Palazzolo

Norman apses

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

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 Giovanni Battista

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

One city, three sites

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The two churches

A square as the heart of the city

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

The church of Carmine

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Some prestigious works

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Many owners, one palace

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A new site for a new city

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A new site for a new church

Searching for colour

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

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The disastrous earthquake

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

One city, two sites

New roads for Catania

The city of museums

A city in colour

A small room with a golden entrance

The internal colours

The theatre of taste

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

The Burgos crucifix

The Baroque town by the sea

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Prominent façade

A hall for the feasts

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

A majestic and luminous church

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Feast days

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A talking palace

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The interior and its masterpieces

The wall comes to life

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The chocolate of Modica

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Between white and black

A half-Baroque church

A miniature city

A feast only for Scicli

The colours of the cathedral

The Maiolica of the staircase

From International Gothic to present day

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

The Staircase of Angels

Wonderful quick decorations

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A symbol for the town

A triumph of colour

Some masterpieces

Discovering the mother church

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A colourful floor

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A museum to save a tradition

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers