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The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

sight
A valley for Palazzo La Rocca

The green valley overlooked by Palazzo La Rocca is a riot of colours that vary with the changing seasons.
From the strong bright colours of spring, it moves on to shades of yellow and ochre in summer due to the lack of rain. As it reaches the end of summer, the colours are reborn with autumn fruits, such as pomegranate and quince.
Finally, winter arrives, which by nature makes everything darker, grey and less luxuriant.

hearing
The noises of a bygone era

The corbels of Palazzo La Rocca are a memory from a bygone era, especially the balcony with the flute and tenor mandola players, which brings to mind the sweet melodies played at the great parties held at the Palazzo, one of the most important events for the aristocracy. Delicate sounds accompanied the balls and dances in the great hall!

smell
The smell of the stone

The entrance to Palazzo La Rocca is extremely evocative.
With a little imagination you can picture Don Saverio La Rocca climbing the pietra pece staircase at the entrance.
What makes the atrium unique, however, is the strong smell of petroleum that envelops the entire space. It’s hard to believe, but the stone’s composition gives the room a sharp scent that verges on unpleasant, though it is fascinating to think that nature was able to create such a strong-smelling stone.

New roads for Catania

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A talking palace

Some prestigious works

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The colours of the cathedral

Discovering the mother church

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

The chocolate of Modica

The theatre of taste

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

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

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Wonderful quick decorations

The Burgos crucifix

Searching for colour

The church of Carmine

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The city of museums

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

One city, two sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The interior and its masterpieces

A miniature city

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

Norman apses

The wall comes to life

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A square as the heart of the city

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A hall for the feasts

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The two churches

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A new site for a new city

An eagle-shaped city

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

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

Feast days

A small room with a golden entrance

The Baroque town by the sea

The Maiolica of the staircase

A triumph of colour

Between white and black

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A half-Baroque church

Modica, a city with ancient origins

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A city in colour

A long reconstruction

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A colourful floor

A prominent church

A feast only for Scicli

The disastrous earthquake

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A majestic and luminous church

Feasting in Palazzolo

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

Prominent façade

From International Gothic to present day

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

The Staircase of Angels

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

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

Some masterpieces

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The internal colours

A symbol for the town

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A new site for a new church

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

One city, three sites

A museum to save a tradition

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso