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

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Some masterpieces

The Maiolica of the staircase

A symbol for the town

An eagle-shaped city

The two churches

A triumph of colour

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A long reconstruction

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

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The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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The disastrous earthquake

A talking palace

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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The Staircase of Angels

The Baroque town by the sea

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A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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The wall comes to life

Two illustrious patron saints

A feast only for Scicli

The theatre of taste

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The internal colours

The chocolate of Modica

A prominent church

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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The Burgos crucifix

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A museum to save a tradition

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Wonderful quick decorations

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Prominent façade

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A half-Baroque church

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The façade used as a puppet theatre

A colourful floor

Feast days

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