Noto

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

hearing
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.

sight
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.

A majestic and luminous church

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A triumph of colour

One city, two sites

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A new site for a new city

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

A new site for a new church

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

Feast days

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The colours of the cathedral

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

The chocolate of Modica

An eagle-shaped city

Norman apses

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A symbol for the town

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The internal colours

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

A miniature city

Many owners, one palace

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The wall comes to life

A half-Baroque church

A talking palace

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Feasting in Palazzolo

Prominent façade

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A prominent church

Searching for colour

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

The two churches

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

The Baroque town by the sea

A small room with a golden entrance

New roads for Catania

A colourful floor

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A feast only for Scicli

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

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

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

Some masterpieces

One city, three sites

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A city in colour

The Maiolica of the staircase

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

A hall for the feasts

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A square as the heart of the city

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The interior and its masterpieces

Some prestigious works

Discovering the mother church

Two illustrious patron saints

A museum to save a tradition

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

Between white and black

The disastrous earthquake

The theatre of taste

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The church of Carmine

The Burgos crucifix

Wonderful quick decorations

From International Gothic to present day

A long reconstruction

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The Staircase of Angels

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Modica, a city with ancient origins