Modica

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

touch
The tactile experience of materials

dettaglio colonna tortileAs you walk through the side naves of the church you will realise that the columns placed between the altars are made of different materials: some are marble, some are finished with stucco, some are fluted, some are smooth and some are Solomonic.
The use of different materials and finishes not only generates different reflections of light inside the spaces, but also different perceptions to the touch, relating to porosity, smoothness, roughness and temperature.

taste
Modica chocolate, a famous earthly pleasure

cioccolato di ModicaLocated just a few metres from the church is the oldest chocolate shop on the island.
The original chocolate recipe is from Aztec, the land of origin of cocoa beans, and was imported by the Spanish in the early 16th century.
In Modica, the chocolate shop was opened in 1880 by Francesco Bonajuto and produces the famous chocolate according to the ancient 18th-century recipe of “cold” processing.
A visit here will satisfy your taste buds!

sight
The Madonna Vasa

On the feast of the Madonna Vasa, the statue of the Madonna meets the statue of the Risen Christ at the foot of the steps of the Cathedral of San Pietro.
On Easter, between sacred performances and music, a rather scenic and sacred moment is celebrated and enjoyed by the community.

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

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

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

A stone garden

A unifying project for the city of Catania

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The palace, the town, the church

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

Art in the cathedral

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The works in the church

The Church of St. Benedict

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

The eagle-shaped city

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

A heritage of votive works

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The interior and works of art

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The new roads of the city

The church and the monastery

The interior of the church: space and colour

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

The articulated interior spaces

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

City and nature

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

The city within the city

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo

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

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The expansion of space and changing reality

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The Palazzo dei due mori

Religious architecture

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

A casket of precious works

One city, three sites

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Luminous sacred spaces

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The Church of St. Paul

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The city palace

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The Franciscan convent

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The church and the college

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

A story of rebirth

The two churches

The Church of St. Francis

The casket of austerity under the great dome

St. Agatha and the candelore

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The art of maiolica

The Benedictines’ library

The Staircase of Angels