Noto

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Thanks to a recent restoration, Palazzo Nicolaci can be appreciated in all its original beauty and is one of the symbols of Sicilian Baroque art. It was the city’s noble residence of the Nicolaci family and has four storeys: the ground floor was used for stables and storing food; the first floor was the piano nobile (main floor) where the Baron lived; the rest of the family stayed on the upper floor, and the attic was for the servants. portale d’accesso con balconeThe entrance portal is framed by two columns and is surmounted by a large balcony.
The façade is a street theatre reminiscent of the theatre of Sicilian puppets because of the masks and characters carved into it.
Anyone passing through Via Corrado Nicolaci is in awe of the incredible corbels . Five for each balcony, they depict mythological figures including mermaids, sphinxes and horses. Each corbel is richly decorated, almost as though in fear of leaving even the smallest of spaces free.
Such attention to decoration can be found in the cornices around the windows; they feature plant elements, human faces and masks.
As for the material used, it is the typical stone of Noto which turns a honey colour when hit by the sun and emits endless colours depending on the time of day.

balcone, con finestra con sirene dettaglio sirena

Between white and black

The Baroque town by the sea

Some prestigious works

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The colours of the cathedral

From International Gothic to present day

Two illustrious patron saints

The theatre of taste

A long reconstruction

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Some masterpieces

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The church of Carmine

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

A miniature city

A talking palace

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

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

An eagle-shaped city

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A prominent church

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The disastrous earthquake

A symbol for the town

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A square as the heart of the city

A small room with a golden entrance

One city, three sites

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Limestone, the colour of harmony

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Wonderful quick decorations

Feasting in Palazzolo

Discovering the mother church

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A new site for a new city

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The Staircase of Angels

Feast days

A triumph of colour

A city in colour

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

New roads for Catania

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

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A hall for the feasts

The façade used as a puppet theatre

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

A half-Baroque church

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Norman apses

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A feast only for Scicli

Many owners, one palace

The internal colours

One city, two sites

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

The wall comes to life

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The two churches

A majestic and luminous church

The interior and its masterpieces

Prominent façade

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A new site for a new church

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

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

A colourful floor

Searching for colour

A museum to save a tradition

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The Burgos crucifix

The city of museums