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.

Between white and black

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Feast days

The Maiolica of the staircase

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

The city of museums

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Burgos crucifix

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A half-Baroque church

St. Sebastian, so much work!

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A feast only for Scicli

A triumph of colour

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A miniature city

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The theatre of taste

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

One city, three sites

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

From International Gothic to present day

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A hall for the feasts

The chocolate of Modica

Wonderful quick decorations

The Baroque town by the sea

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The wall comes to life

Some masterpieces

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A prominent church

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Many owners, one palace

A museum to save a tradition

One city, two sites

The internal colours

A symbol for the town

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

Prominent façade

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

The church of Carmine

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

An eagle-shaped city

Discovering the mother church

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A long reconstruction

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

The Staircase of Angels

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A new site for a new city

A city in colour

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The colours of the cathedral

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A majestic and luminous church

Two illustrious patron saints

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A small room with a golden entrance

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

New roads for Catania

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Some prestigious works

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

The two churches

The disastrous earthquake

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Searching for colour

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Feasting in Palazzolo

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

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

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A square as the heart of the city

A talking palace

A new site for a new church

Norman apses

A colourful floor

The interior and its masterpieces

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra