The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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.

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!

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.

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A feast only for Scicli

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Feasting in Palazzolo

The theatre of taste

A symbol for the town

Between white and black

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Some masterpieces

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Two illustrious patron saints

The wall comes to life

One city, three sites

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A talking palace

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

From International Gothic to present day

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

New roads for Catania

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

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

Discovering the mother church

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The interior and its masterpieces

The colours of the cathedral

A museum to save a tradition

A majestic and luminous church

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A prominent church

Norman apses

A new site for a new city

A long reconstruction

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

A miniature city

Wonderful quick decorations

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

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

The two churches

The Staircase of Angels

A triumph of colour

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The city of museums

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The Burgos crucifix

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Searching for colour

The disastrous earthquake

Feast days

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

One city, two sites

A hall for the feasts

A new site for a new church

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Prominent façade

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

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

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A half-Baroque church

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Baroque town by the sea

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The internal colours

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A city in colour

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The Maiolica of the staircase

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

Many owners, one palace

A small room with a golden entrance

The church of Carmine

An eagle-shaped city

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Some prestigious works

A colourful floor

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A square as the heart of the city

The chocolate of Modica

Limestone, the colour of harmony