Catania

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

sight
What a view!

If we climbed the steps leading to the terrace above the abbey of St. Agatha, perhaps we would be a little tired or out of breath, but there would be a splendid landscape before us.
The entire city can be seen from here: the Bellini Theatre, the Cathedral, the Ursino Castle, the churches on Via Crociferi and the great Benedictine monastery.
The cloistered nuns (who never left the monastery) used this terrace to participate in city life and attend processions without being seen.

smell
The scent of church candles

The smell of wax is one of the most characteristic scents inside a church and in the streets of Catania during the patron saint’s celebrations.
Votive candles are still produced today in Catania’s artisanal workshops using techniques and raw materials steeped in ancient knowledge.
There were originally two types of candles: those made with beeswax, which were more refined and expensive, and those made with animal fat, which were far cheaper but gave off an unpleasant smell and smoke.

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Discovering the mother church

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A hall for the feasts

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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

Many owners, one palace

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Feasting in Palazzolo

An eagle-shaped city

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Prominent façade

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A long reconstruction

One city, three sites

The theatre of taste

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

A city in colour

Between white and black

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

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The colours of the cathedral

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

From International Gothic to present day

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A new site for a new city

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The wall comes to life

A majestic and luminous church

The internal colours

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A prominent church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A new site for a new church

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

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

A half-Baroque church

A triumph of colour

A square as the heart of the city

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A symbol for the town

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

A miniature city

The chocolate of Modica

A colourful floor

The interior and its masterpieces

Wonderful quick decorations

The church of Carmine

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Searching for colour

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The disastrous earthquake

Limestone, the colour of harmony

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

A museum to save a tradition

The Maiolica of the staircase

The Burgos crucifix

One city, two sites

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

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

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

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A feast only for Scicli

The Staircase of Angels

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

Norman apses

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Feast days

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The city of museums

Some masterpieces

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

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Some prestigious works

The two churches

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

New roads for Catania

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Two illustrious patron saints

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A talking palace