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.

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

St. Agatha and the candelore

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

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

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

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The two churches

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The interior and works of art

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The Staircase of Angels

The new roads of the city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The expansion of space and changing reality

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

The eagle-shaped city

The city palace

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Church of St. Benedict

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The works in the church

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The art of maiolica

The Benedictines’ library

Art in the cathedral

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The Franciscan convent

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

One city, three sites

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

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

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The Church of St. Paul

The interior of the church: space and colour

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

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

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

A casket of precious works

The Church of St. Francis

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

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

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

A heritage of votive works

The city within the city

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

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

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

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

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The church and the monastery

A stone garden

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

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

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

The Palazzo dei due mori

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Luminous sacred spaces

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

A story of rebirth

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

A unifying project for the city of Catania

Altars, saints and sculptural works

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

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

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

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The church and the college

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The palace, the town, the church

Religious architecture

The articulated interior spaces

City and nature

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

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco