Palazzolo Acreide

The city of museums

Palazzolo Acreide is an active and eventful town.
In the town centre there are some interesting museums that tell the story of Palazzolo and new technology. For example, there is the Museo dell’Informatica Funzionante in Via Carnevale 17, founded by three organisations passionate about computer science.
At the museum, visitors both in person and remotely via the Internet can learn about the history of computer science, use historical computers and learn how they worked.
Another museum is the Museo dei Viaggiatori in Sicilia located in Palazzo Vaccaro. It is home to the engravings of artists and architects who over the centuries have drawn the monuments, costumes, natural phenomena and exotic plants of Sicily. Next is the Gabriele Judica Archaeological Museum in Palazzo Cappellani, which houses findings from the ancient Greek city of Akrai: vases, everyday objects, a Greek stele, ointments and prehistoric artefacts. Last but not least is the Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum .
Here, local tradition is housed inside the noble palace of the Ferla family.
In the museum you can find objects that document rural life: tools used by shepherds, furniture and everyday ceramics, figurines from nativity scenes, puppets and typical carts , veritable works of art of Sicilian craftsmanship.

Just outside the town centre you can visit the archaeological site of Akrai and the Santa Lucia Water Mill, managed by the Association for the Conservation of Hyblaean Popular Culture.

An eagle-shaped city

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

The two churches

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

One city, three sites

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A talking palace

The Baroque town by the sea

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Some prestigious works

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

A symbol for the town

A new site for a new church

The disastrous earthquake

A new site for a new city

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A long reconstruction

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

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

A feast only for Scicli

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

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

One city, two sites

Two illustrious patron saints

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

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

A prominent church

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The interior and its masterpieces

Many owners, one palace

A triumph of colour

Feast days

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A city in colour

The Burgos crucifix

The chocolate of Modica

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

New roads for Catania

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A museum to save a tradition

The Staircase of Angels

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A small room with a golden entrance

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

A hall for the feasts

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

From International Gothic to present day

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A half-Baroque church

Searching for colour

Wonderful quick decorations

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Some masterpieces

Norman apses

A square as the heart of the city

The colours of the cathedral

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The internal colours

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Discovering the mother church

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The wall comes to life

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The theatre of taste

Feasting in Palazzolo

Prominent façade

A miniature city

A majestic and luminous church

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

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

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The city of museums

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Between white and black

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The church of Carmine

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

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

A colourful floor