The new roads of the city

The reconstruction and reorganisation of the streets of Catania was based on some rules including the standard width of around 16, 12 or 8 metres, depending on whether they were main or secondary roads, and a geometric model set on a grid that was not rigidly orthogonal ), but conducted by four main road axes.
These axes were Via Etnea, Via San Giuliano, Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Giuseppe Garibaldi.
Via Etnea was designed to create a long, straight road starting from Piazza Duomo and crossing with Via San Giuliano. To date, it still connects the Montevergine district to the sea, intersecting with it to form the scenic crossroads of the “ Quattro Canti ” square.
San Giuliano
The other two road axes built, Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, today link Piazza Duomo, the heart of the city, to the old city.
via Vittorio Emanuele via Garibaldi piazza Duomo
Another fundamental axis, though smaller in size, is Via dei Crociferi, a road just over one hundred metres long where Catania’s most representative Baroque examples of churches and convents were built. Work to reorganise the roads was led by labourers from Calabria and around Etna, who were experts in the removal of lava stone blocks.
The new road layout brought great advantages to the city of Catania, not only for the beauty of the new architecture, but also because it facilitated connections and allowed for large, scenic and dynamic spaces to be created where citizens could find safe refuge in the event of an earthquake.

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

City and nature

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

A unifying project for the city of Catania

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The church and the monastery

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

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

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

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

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

Art in the cathedral

The Church of St. Benedict

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

The articulated interior spaces

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

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

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The city within the city

The Benedictines’ library

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

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

A story of rebirth

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

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

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

St. Agatha and the candelore

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The art of maiolica

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The expansion of space and changing reality

A heritage of votive works

A casket of precious works

The Franciscan convent

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The interior of the church: space and colour

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The interior and works of art

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The church and the college

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

The city palace

Reconstruction after the earthquake

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

The palace, the town, the church

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

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

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

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

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

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The casket of austerity under the great dome

A stone garden

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The Staircase of Angels

Altars, saints and sculptural works

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 new roads of the city

The works in the church

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The Church of St. Paul

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

One city, three sites

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Luminous sacred spaces

The eagle-shaped city

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

Religious architecture

The Palazzo dei due mori

The Church of St. Francis

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

The two churches

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral