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.

A museum to save a tradition

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

A half-Baroque church

The church of Carmine

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Modica, a city with ancient origins

From International Gothic to present day

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The chocolate of Modica

A prominent church

Searching for colour

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

One city, two sites

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The two churches

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A new site for a new city

The disastrous earthquake

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Norman apses

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

The internal colours

The interior and its masterpieces

Two illustrious patron saints

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Feast days

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

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The Staircase of Angels

The Burgos crucifix

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Discovering the mother church

A hall for the feasts

New roads for Catania

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The city of museums

One city, three sites

A square as the heart of the city

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Wonderful quick decorations

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

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A triumph of colour

Between white and black

The wall comes to life

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

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

An eagle-shaped city

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

A talking palace

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

A feast only for Scicli

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The theatre of taste

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The Baroque town by the sea

A small room with a golden entrance

Feasting in Palazzolo

Many owners, one palace

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A city in colour

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A symbol for the town

Some prestigious works

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A colourful floor

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A long reconstruction

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A majestic and luminous church

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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

The Maiolica of the staircase

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The colours of the cathedral

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A new site for a new church

Some masterpieces

Prominent façade

A miniature city

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo