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.

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The theatre of taste

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A hall for the feasts

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The disastrous earthquake

Some masterpieces

An eagle-shaped city

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A prominent church

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Some prestigious works

Discovering the mother church

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A new site for a new city

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Feasting in Palazzolo

The church of Carmine

Wonderful quick decorations

A museum to save a tradition

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A square as the heart of the city

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The city of museums

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

One city, two sites

A half-Baroque church

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

A small room with a golden entrance

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A new site for a new church

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The Baroque town by the sea

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A long reconstruction

Prominent façade

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A symbol for the town

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Feast days

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

Norman apses

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The chocolate of Modica

A triumph of colour

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A colourful floor

A miniature city

The Staircase of Angels

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The Burgos crucifix

From International Gothic to present day

The wall comes to life

New roads for Catania

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

The colours of the cathedral

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The internal colours

The Maiolica of the staircase

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

One city, three sites

A talking palace

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

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

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

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

Searching for colour

Between white and black

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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

Two illustrious patron saints

A feast only for Scicli

A city in colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The interior and its masterpieces

A majestic and luminous church

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The two churches

Modica, a city with ancient origins