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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.

A half-Baroque church

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A majestic and luminous church

The colours of the cathedral

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

The internal colours

Wonderful quick decorations

New roads for Catania

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

A long reconstruction

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Baroque town by the sea

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

An eagle-shaped city

Searching for colour

The theatre of taste

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

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

A prominent church

The Staircase of Angels

The two churches

A talking palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The interior and its masterpieces

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A small room with a golden entrance

The disastrous earthquake

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

One city, two sites

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The city of museums

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A colourful floor

A square as the heart of the city

Norman apses

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Discovering the mother church

A symbol for the town

Some prestigious works

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Prominent façade

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

The church of Carmine

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

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Between white and black

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A city in colour

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A new site for a new church

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A hall for the feasts

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A museum to save a tradition

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The wall comes to life

Some masterpieces

One city, three sites

A triumph of colour

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Feast days

From International Gothic to present day

Many owners, one palace

The Burgos crucifix

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

A miniature city

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A feast only for Scicli

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

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A new site for a new city

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Two illustrious patron saints

Modica, a city with ancient origins