Palazzolo Acreide

Some masterpieces

The church houses splendid works that complete and decorate the interior.
The altar area definitely attracts attention. Composed of a series of wonderful elements, the structure behind the altar is a carving masterpiece.
La struttura dietro l’altare La struttura dietro l’altare
It is richly elaborate and a dozen columns surmounted by putto heads complete the composition. The same attention to detail can be found in the use of colour on the lower part of the structure, completely in marble; the artist chose and combined fragments of blue, red, yellow and white marble.

A little above the altar is the painting by Paolo Tanasi completed in 1827.
The work depicts the Annunciation , one of the most important moments in Christian history when the angel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would give birth to the Messiah. Tanasi chose well-defined colours such as yellow, which highlights the shape of the angel, and blue, which emphasises the corporeality of the Virgin Mary.
In the transept you can see the Madonna del Carmelo (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) completely covered in gold. She shines from afar and demands attention. The right nave houses the statue of Santa Teresa (St. Theresa) and as usual, above one of the altars is the depiction of the Holy Family, the Virgin Mary, the Child and John the Baptist.
Un dipinto, dietro l’altare raffigura l’Annunciazione la statua di Santa Teresa Madonna del Carmelo, nel transetto

One city, two sites

Wonderful quick decorations

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

A museum to save a tradition

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A new site for a new city

Searching for colour

The Burgos crucifix

Feast days

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Staircase of Angels

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Connections with other UNESCO sites

An eagle-shaped city

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

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Some masterpieces

The Baroque town by the sea

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The wall comes to life

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Two illustrious patron saints

A small room with a golden entrance

Many owners, one palace

The chocolate of Modica

The interior and its masterpieces

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A prominent church

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A feast only for Scicli

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The colours of the cathedral

From International Gothic to present day

A hall for the feasts

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The church of Carmine

A half-Baroque church

The internal colours

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 Giuliano ai Crociferi

A triumph of colour

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

A long reconstruction

The theatre of taste

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The two churches

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

Prominent façade

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Some prestigious works

A miniature city

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The Maiolica of the staircase

A city in colour

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Norman apses

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Discovering the mother church

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

One city, three sites

The city of museums

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Between white and black

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The disastrous earthquake

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

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A square as the heart of the city

A colourful floor

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A talking palace

A new site for a new church

New roads for Catania

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

A majestic and luminous church

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A symbol for the town

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo