Modica

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

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The listening masks

The masks of Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso have been watching over Via Francesco Crispi for centuries and have witnessed the passage from one era to another, right to the present day. If they could tell us what they have seen and heard, they would prove how much the world has changed.
Never taking their eyes off of passers-by, the listening masks will continue, like they did in the past, to follow anyone who happens to be on Via Crispi.

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The dark railing

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La scura ringhiera

Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso was built with a pure white stone, whose pallor is broken up from time to time by the railings of the elegant wrought iron balconies.
The curved, round-bottomed railings create an interesting contrast that adds vitality to the façade.
The white stone and the protruding black railings together create a special effect caused by the use of two very different colours.

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Many owners, one palace

The disastrous earthquake

One city, two sites

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

The Maiolica of the staircase

The two churches

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Wonderful quick decorations

A museum to save a tradition

Connections with other UNESCO sites

An eagle-shaped city

From International Gothic to present day

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The interior and its masterpieces

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

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The internal colours

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

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The colours of the cathedral

Feast days

A hall for the feasts

The church of Carmine

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Some prestigious works

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The theatre of taste

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A miniature city

A new site for a new city

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A feast only for Scicli

The wall comes to life

A square as the heart of the city

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A talking palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A colourful floor

A prominent church

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A majestic and luminous church

The Burgos crucifix

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

New roads for Catania

Some masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Between white and black

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Discovering the mother church

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Norman apses

Searching for colour

A long reconstruction

A half-Baroque church

Two illustrious patron saints

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

One city, three sites

The Baroque town by the sea

A symbol for the town

Prominent façade

A new site for a new church

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The city of museums

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A city in colour

The chocolate of Modica

A triumph of colour

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The Staircase of Angels

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento