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

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

Feast days

A colourful floor

A city in colour

The wall comes to life

The city of museums

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The Maiolica of the staircase

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Discovering the mother church

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The colours of the cathedral

A miniature city

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

New roads for Catania

The church of Carmine

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

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The theatre of taste

A new site for a new church

The Staircase of Angels

Prominent façade

The internal colours

The two churches

Between white and black

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A new site for a new city

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A small room with a golden entrance

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Two illustrious patron saints

A long reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

One city, three sites

From International Gothic to present day

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

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

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The chocolate of Modica

Some masterpieces

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A talking palace

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

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A half-Baroque church

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

One city, two sites

A prominent church

The Baroque town by the sea

Searching for colour

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Wonderful quick decorations

A feast only for Scicli

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A triumph of colour

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Many owners, one palace

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

The disastrous earthquake

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A hall for the feasts

A museum to save a tradition

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

An eagle-shaped city

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Some prestigious works

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The interior and its masterpieces

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Feasting in Palazzolo

A symbol for the town

The Burgos crucifix

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

A square as the heart of the city

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A majestic and luminous church

Norman apses

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town