Palazzolo Acreide

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Among the narrow streets of Palazzolo Acreide we find the Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum, one of the first ethnographic museums in Sicily.
The museum was opened in 1971 thanks to the passion of its founder, Sicilian teacher and poet Antonino Uccello , Driven by his love for his land after spending most of his life in northern Italy, he decided to create this special place. Local tradition is kept alive in the rooms of the noble palace of the Ferla family (18th century), purchased in the 1970s by the new owner.The museum runs through the entire building to the upper floor, where we find the owner’s residence.
Inside there are objects that document rural life: tools used by shepherds, furniture and everyday ceramics, the farmer’s room furnished with the original furniture, figurines from nativity scenes, puppets and typical carts , veritable works of art of Sicilian craftsmanship.


The cart’s make-up included aspects of sculpture and painting. It was more than just a decorative element that portrayed historical, symbolic and sacred subjects; it was, above all else, a functional element. In fact, the layers of paint guaranteed greater protection for the underlying structure.

One city, three sites

The interior of the church: space and colour

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

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

St. Agatha and the candelore

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

Altars, saints and sculptural works

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

City and nature

The palace, the town, the church

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

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

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The art of maiolica

A heritage of votive works

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Luminous sacred spaces

A story of rebirth

The new roads of the city

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Church of Madonna della Stella

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

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

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

The eagle-shaped city

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

A casket of precious works

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The Church of St. Francis

The works in the church

The Palazzo dei due mori

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

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

The city palace

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

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

Reconstruction after the earthquake

Art in the cathedral

The Staircase of Angels

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The Church of St. Paul

The expansion of space and changing reality

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

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

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

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

Religious architecture

The Benedictines’ library

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The interior and works of art

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The city within the city

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The church and the monastery

A stone garden

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

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

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

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

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The two churches

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The church and the college

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

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

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The Franciscan convent

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

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

The Church of St. Benedict

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

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

The articulated interior spaces

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The senses tell the Church of San Michele