The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The voices of the Infiorata festival

If we lived in Palazzo Nicolaci and were in one of the rooms overlooking Via Corrado Nicolaci, on the third Sunday in May we would hear voices in the street.
On this day, the Saluto alla Primavera (Greeting to Spring) is celebrated, also known as the Infiorata, which attracts many people to Noto.
Every year, depending on the theme, sixteen pictures are created with petals and the street is filled with voices.
You would hear comments about the pictures, the clicking of cameras, children running up and down the street and people greeting one another for the occasion.

The journey of the Sun

The hall of feasts, or yellow room, hosted banquets and social events to which all the nobles of the surrounding area were invited.
Our attention is drawn to the room’s ceiling fresco, where Apollo is depicted driving the chariot of the Sun.
In this representation the sun takes the same exact path that it takes over the city of Noto.
No detail was left to chance! The Sun, the light, that which illuminates and gives life was painted as faithfully as in reality.

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

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

Discovering the mother church

The internal colours

A new site for a new city

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Wonderful quick decorations

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

New roads for Catania

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

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

Searching for colour

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A prominent church

The chocolate of Modica

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Some masterpieces

The Burgos crucifix

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The interior and its masterpieces

The wall comes to life

An eagle-shaped city

A long reconstruction

The two churches

A half-Baroque church

Prominent façade

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

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A talking palace

The Baroque town by the sea

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A new site for a new church

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A museum to save a tradition

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The Maiolica of the staircase

A colourful floor

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A miniature city

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A majestic and luminous church

A triumph of colour

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The disastrous earthquake

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The city of museums

A hall for the feasts

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A symbol for the town

From International Gothic to present day

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

One city, two sites

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

Norman apses

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The theatre of taste

Feasting in Palazzolo

Between white and black

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

A feast only for Scicli

A city in colour

Feast days

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Staircase of Angels

A square as the heart of the city

The church of Carmine

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Some prestigious works

One city, three sites