Noto

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The Infiorata, or Saluto alla Primavera (Greeting to Spring), is one of the most important feasts for Noto and its citizens.
L'infiorata It is a unique opportunity to come together and celebrate. Every year, on the third Sunday of May, since 1979 Via Corrado Nicolaci has been covered in wonderful and colourful pictures of flowers.
On the first Infiorata, the master florists of Genzano, from the province of Rome, were called to Noto to start a long and spectacular tradition, today more alive than ever.
The event is so popular with the public thanks to the many events offered such as exhibitions, rallies and costume parades.
Now let’s find out how the feast is organised today. To create the pictures, every year the Municipality of Noto organises a public competition and asks artists to present and develop a chosen theme.
Only the best sketches are selected.
At this point, having been selected, the experts are asked to complete their paintings when the time is right. 6 metres wide and 4 metres tall, the works cover the whole street, which is 122 metres long.
The end result is a beautiful floral carpet, made of petals from daisies, carnations, gerberas, roses and wildflowers of various sizes and colours.
Though the theme changes year after year, the Infiorata is always opened by the city’s coat of arms made by the Istituto d’arte di Noto (Noto Art Institute).

Many owners, one palace

A prominent church

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The wall comes to life

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The chocolate of Modica

The Staircase of Angels

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The Baroque town by the sea

Wonderful quick decorations

The disastrous earthquake

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A new site for a new church

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Some masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The two churches

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A new site for a new city

A museum to save a tradition

A hall for the feasts

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The Burgos crucifix

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The interior and its masterpieces

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A long reconstruction

Feast days

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

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The Maiolica of the staircase

Norman apses

An eagle-shaped city

A miniature city

A symbol for the town

The internal colours

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

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

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

A small room with a golden entrance

A square as the heart of the city

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A Nobel Prize in Modica

From International Gothic to present day

The theatre of taste

A feast only for Scicli

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

One city, two sites

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A talking palace

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Prominent façade

New roads for Catania

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Some prestigious works

The church of Carmine

A triumph of colour

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

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Two illustrious patron saints

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

Discovering the mother church

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The colours of the cathedral

A majestic and luminous church

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

A colourful floor

Between white and black

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Feasting in Palazzolo

A city in colour

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

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

Searching for colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A half-Baroque church

Connections with other UNESCO sites

One city, three sites

The city of museums

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town