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.

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

A half-Baroque church

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The Maiolica of the staircase

A hall for the feasts

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A long reconstruction

The two churches

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

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

The Burgos crucifix

A feast only for Scicli

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

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

An eagle-shaped city

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

Searching for colour

From International Gothic to present day

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A colourful floor

The wall comes to life

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Discovering the mother church

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Norman apses

Wonderful quick decorations

A prominent church

Many owners, one palace

Some masterpieces

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A majestic and luminous church

New roads for Catania

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The city of museums

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The theatre of taste

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Two illustrious patron saints

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

A new site for a new church

Some prestigious works

A talking palace

The Baroque town by the sea

The chocolate of Modica

Feast days

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

One city, three sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A symbol for the town

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

The church of Carmine

Prominent façade

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Between white and black

The disastrous earthquake

A miniature city

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A city in colour

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

A museum to save a tradition

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

One city, two sites

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

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The internal colours

A square as the heart of the city

A triumph of colour

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A new site for a new city

The interior and its masterpieces

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The Staircase of Angels

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The colours of the cathedral