Noto

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The Infiorata, or Greeting to Spring, is a popular feast started in 1979. It takes place every year in Via Corrado Nicolaci, on the third Sunday of May.
The first Infiorata brought the masters of Genzano (a province in Rome) to Noto. They arranged flowers in geometric and imaginative patterns. With the passage of time, the experience has been handed down and has become a veritable local tradition.
Sixteen large pictures are created on Via Corrado Nicolaci using petals, and each year a different theme is decided by the local government to inspire the master infioratori. The artists present their sketches to the municipal government, which selects the best ones.
The decoration covers the entire street for over 120 metres and each artist has a picture measuring 6 metres wide by 4 metres long.
This way, they create a beautiful floral carpet, formed mostly of petals from daisies, carnations, gerberas, roses and wildflowers of various sizes and colours.
The theme changes year after year, but the Infiorata is always opened by the city’s coat of arms made by the Istituto d’Arte di Noto (Noto Art Institute).
In recent years the Infiorata has been accompanied by the “Corteo Barocco” (Baroque Parade) that evokes the splendour of the families that made the city of Noto great.

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A casket of precious works

The new roads of the city

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

The art of maiolica

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The city palace

The Church of St. Benedict

The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The interior and works of art

The eagle-shaped city

Luminous sacred spaces

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The Staircase of Angels

The expansion of space and changing reality

Art in the cathedral

The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

St. Agatha and the candelore

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

One city, three sites

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

City and nature

The city within the city

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

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

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The articulated interior spaces

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

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

Altars, saints and sculptural works

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

A heritage of votive works

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

Religious architecture

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The church and the college

The Franciscan convent

The church and the monastery

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The works in the church

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

A story of rebirth

A stone garden

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The Church of St. Paul

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The two churches

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The interior of the church: space and colour

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The Palazzo dei due mori

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The Church of St. Francis

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The palace, the town, the church

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The Benedictines’ library

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work