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.

A symbol for the town

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

The two churches

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A new site for a new city

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The chocolate of Modica

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A feast only for Scicli

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

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

One city, two sites

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Staircase of Angels

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

An eagle-shaped city

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

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

The church of Carmine

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A hall for the feasts

New roads for Catania

Wonderful quick decorations

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A majestic and luminous church

A triumph of colour

The wall comes to life

A museum to save a tradition

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A square as the heart of the city

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

Norman apses

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A new site for a new church

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The city of museums

A talking palace

The Baroque town by the sea

The theatre of taste

One city, three sites

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Prominent façade

Many owners, one palace

A miniature city

Two illustrious patron saints

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Some masterpieces

The disastrous earthquake

The internal colours

A half-Baroque church

A long reconstruction

Searching for colour

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

A prominent church

The colours of the cathedral

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Some prestigious works

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A small room with a golden entrance

Between white and black

Discovering the mother church

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

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

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

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

The Burgos crucifix

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Feasting in Palazzolo

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Feast days

From International Gothic to present day

A city in colour

A colourful floor