Caltagirone

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James) is one of the most important and heartfelt festivals in Caltagirone.
It is dedicated to the patron saint and lasts four days.
The festivities begin on the 23rd of July with fireworks and a concert. This is followed between the 24th and 25th by the illumination of the staircase and the majestic procession from San Giacomo to the town hall. The first official illumination was in 1703. On the evening of the 31st, the Relics and the Simulacrum of St. James are carried in procession and can be admired until the 1st of August when they are returned to the church.
The saint’s statue is carried around the entire town and always takes the same route. The festival has very ancient origins; it began in 1090!
It has been celebrated every year since. Over the centuries, things have inevitably changed, but not the spirit of the participants.

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A talking palace

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

Feasting in Palazzolo

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The interior and its masterpieces

Some masterpieces

Searching for colour

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Between white and black

A city in colour

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A new site for a new city

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

Prominent façade

Wonderful quick decorations

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The two churches

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Many owners, one palace

The wall comes to life

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A long reconstruction

Discovering the mother church

A new site for a new church

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A prominent church

A small room with a golden entrance

A majestic and luminous church

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A feast only for Scicli

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

New roads for Catania

The Baroque town by the sea

The church of Carmine

The disastrous earthquake

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

Feast days

The Staircase of Angels

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Norman apses

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Two illustrious patron saints

A symbol for the town

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

Some prestigious works

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

One city, two sites

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

The chocolate of Modica

One city, three sites

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A miniature city

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

A museum to save a tradition

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

A half-Baroque church

A hall for the feasts

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The theatre of taste

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The Burgos crucifix

A triumph of colour

A colourful floor

A square as the heart of the city

From International Gothic to present day

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The colours of the cathedral

The city of museums

An eagle-shaped city

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The internal colours