The Baroque town by the sea

Scicli is one of the towns of the ancient County of Modica and is divided into three areas of interest, as described by the great Syracusan writer Elio Vittorini .
The town’s historical centre, included on the World Heritage List in 2002, is situated on the San Matteo hill and characterised by narrow, irregular streets that trace the medieval urban fabric.
The outermost areas near the “quarries” of San Bartolomeo and Santa Maria la Nova are also inhabited.
These important sites prove the presence of settlements since the Copper Age. The new township, a result of the earthquake of 1693, then extends along the Hyblaean plateau towards the sea.
In the mid-17th century Scicli had 11000 inhabitants and around forty churches, but the earthquake destroyed everything.
The most important church, San Matteo (St. Matthew), collapsed and many monasteries and convents suffered the same tragic fate.
Only a few buildings remained standing. What could be done? It was time to act. In this case they chose not to abandon Scicli, but to rebuild it. The town was extended around the oldest area. New civic and religious buildings were built such as the Palazzo Beneventano and the church of San Giovanni Evangelista (St. John the Evangelist).
White limestone was used for the new buildings. A typical material of the area, it was easy to work and sculpt, and bestowed the landscape with a bright and brilliant appearance.
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The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

The internal colours

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The Baroque town by the sea

The two churches

Between white and black

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The disastrous earthquake

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Discovering the mother church

Modica, a city with ancient origins

An eagle-shaped city

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

The Burgos crucifix

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A half-Baroque church

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A long reconstruction

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A prominent church

The church of Carmine

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 character of Badia Sant’Agata

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A talking palace

A hall for the feasts

One city, three sites

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

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

The chocolate of Modica

Some prestigious works

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The city of museums

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

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

Some masterpieces

A miniature city

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Many owners, one palace

The wall comes to life

From International Gothic to present day

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A feast only for Scicli

Searching for colour

The interior and its masterpieces

New roads for Catania

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A symbol for the town

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A colourful floor

A square as the heart of the city

A museum to save a tradition

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

One city, two sites

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

Norman apses

St. Sebastian, so much work!

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The theatre of taste

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The colours of the cathedral

The Staircase of Angels

Connections with other UNESCO sites

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A majestic and luminous church

Prominent façade

Two illustrious patron saints

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

A small room with a golden entrance

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Feasting in Palazzolo

A triumph of colour

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Feast days

The Maiolica of the staircase

A new site for a new church

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Wonderful quick decorations

A new site for a new city

A city in colour