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).

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The disastrous earthquake

Prominent façade

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A miniature city

From International Gothic to present day

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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

A new site for a new city

A prominent church

The Baroque town by the sea

A feast only for Scicli

The theatre of taste

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

One city, two sites

Searching for colour

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

Many owners, one palace

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

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A long reconstruction

The chocolate of Modica

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A Nobel Prize in Modica

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

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

The Maiolica of the staircase

Some masterpieces

The colours of the cathedral

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The interior and its masterpieces

The church of Carmine

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

New roads for Catania

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Feast days

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

Discovering the mother church

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The city of museums

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The wall comes to life

Norman apses

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A small room with a golden entrance

Two illustrious patron saints

The Staircase of Angels

Some prestigious works

A colourful floor

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

A majestic and luminous church

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The Burgos crucifix

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

A square as the heart of the city

Wonderful quick decorations

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The two churches

One city, three sites

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A symbol for the town

A talking palace

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

An eagle-shaped city

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The internal colours

A half-Baroque church

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

A triumph of colour

A city in colour

A museum to save a tradition

Between white and black

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A hall for the feasts

A new site for a new church

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The Barresi-Branciforte lords