Catania

The disastrous earthquake

The city of Catania is located in eastern Sicily, overlooking the Ionian Sea, and lies on the slopes of Mount Etna.
veduta EtnaThe people of Catania are deeply attached to the volcano, a symbol of the city, but it is also the cause of immense disasters such as the eruption in 1669.
In 1693, a violent earthquake struck Catania and destroyed it completely; only the walls, fortifications and some ancient buildings survived. The people of Catania then had two options: abandon the old city forever, or focus their energies on rebuilding it on the same site.
Given its strategic position for trade between the coast and further inland, they decided not to change location and so began an extraordinary rebirth.
All state, religious and secular authorities participated in the reconstruction, demonstrating remarkable organisational capacity.
Under the supervision of the Duke of Camastra , a reconstruction and restructuring plan was implemented, which still forms the urban fabric of Catania today. The current Piazza Duomo was recognised as the central point around which the new main roads were designed.

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Wonderful quick decorations

Two illustrious patron saints

From International Gothic to present day

A museum to save a tradition

A symbol for the town

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A colourful floor

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A city in colour

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The interior and its masterpieces

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

New roads for Catania

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A half-Baroque church

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A miniature city

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

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

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A prominent church

A square as the heart of the city

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A talking palace

The theatre of taste

Between white and black

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

Searching for colour

The disastrous earthquake

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The colours of the cathedral

One city, two sites

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A feast only for Scicli

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Norman apses

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

A triumph of colour

Discovering the mother church

The Staircase of Angels

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The chocolate of Modica

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The two churches

Feast days

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

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The church of Carmine

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Some masterpieces

A hall for the feasts

The city of museums

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

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The wall comes to life

A new site for a new church

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Some prestigious works

An eagle-shaped city

A long reconstruction

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The internal colours

A new site for a new city

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Prominent façade

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The Baroque town by the sea

A majestic and luminous church

Many owners, one palace

One city, three sites