Introduction to Val di Noto

The expansion of space and changing reality

Baroque encouraged a new view of the world where reality and fiction animated the art of painting, sculpture and architecture before merging into unexpected scenic sights that roused wonder and amazement.
The anthropocentric doctrines of the Renaissance, accompanied by a static view of society, were replaced by the need to identify with a mobile universe, thanks also to the new cosmological discoveries of Nicolaus Copernicus and the advent of new trade routes that broadened horizons that were previously unknown. In Baroque, renewed demands came to life that led to today’s culture and indispensable components of contemporary town planning.
In the Val di Noto, the innovative drive of this cultural and artistic period goes beyond the aesthetic revolution promoted by it, giving importance to the urgencies of the urban architectural context of each city affected by the terrible earthquake of 1693.

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The articulated interior spaces

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The Palazzo dei due mori

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Church of St. Francis

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The city palace

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The expansion of space and changing reality

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The Franciscan convent

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The palace, the town, the church

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

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The Staircase of Angels

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The art of maiolica

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The Church of St. Paul

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

The interior and works of art

One city, three sites

A story of rebirth

The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

A stone garden

Religious architecture

A heritage of votive works

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

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

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

Art in the cathedral

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

St. Agatha and the candelore

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The Church of St. Benedict

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A casket of precious works

The church and the monastery

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

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The city within the city

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The Benedictines’ library

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The works in the church

Luminous sacred spaces

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The church and the college

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

The interior of the church: space and colour

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The two churches

City and nature

The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

The new roads of the city

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The eagle-shaped city

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo