The senses tell the story of the Church and Convent of San Francesco d’Assisi all’Immacolata


Sandstone, also called pietra pece because of its shades of very dark grey, is a very ancient sedimentary rock. It dates back to the Cenozoic Era, which ranges from 65 million to around 2 million years ago.
The colour of this sedimentary rock is given by the percentage of bitumen varying from 4% to 10%, a characteristic that make it suitable for damp places and flooring.pietra arenaria

An asymmetrical element on the façade

As you look at the façade of the Church of San Francesco d’Assisi all’Immacolata, you will notice an interesting curved element similar to an apse that creates an asymmetric effect, the Chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento Ritrovato.
The interior of the chapel is equally scenic, enriched by stuccoes and decorated ceramic flooring.

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

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

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

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The eagle-shaped city

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

The new roads of the city

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

The Benedictines’ library

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

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The Palazzo dei due mori

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

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

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

The interior of the church: space and colour

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The two churches

The Church of St. Paul

City and nature

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

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The Franciscan convent

A story of rebirth

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Art in the cathedral

The interior and works of art

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

The church and the monastery

The church and the college

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

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

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

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

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The casket of austerity under the great dome

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The palace, the town, the church

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

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

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

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

St. Agatha and the candelore

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The Church of St. Francis

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

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Luminous sacred spaces

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The city palace

The expansion of space and changing reality

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The Church of St. Benedict

The articulated interior spaces

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

The Staircase of Angels

One city, three sites

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The art of maiolica

The works in the church

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

A heritage of votive works

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

Religious architecture

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

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

A stone garden

The city within the city

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

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

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

A casket of precious works

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio