Catania

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

sight
Brightness and light

Colour, light and more colour!
The vault is a riot of colour, capable of making the figures and shapes stand out, and leaving visitors gazing upwards.
As for the altar, it attracts attention thanks to the brilliance and shine of gold, silver and the precious sparkling stones used to decorate it.
The church is a treasure trove of precious jewels.

hearing
A sound to accompany prayer

It’s 1790 and you’re inside the church of St. Benedict, attending one of the services… You can hear something… what is it?
The organ!
With a sound alternating between gentle and low, it accompanies prayer as impressed worshippers celebrate Holy Mass.
Then the bells announce the end of the service.
Their chimes vibrate in the atmosphere and resonate along Via dei Crociferi.

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

From International Gothic to present day

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The disastrous earthquake

The theatre of taste

Some prestigious works

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A half-Baroque church

Some masterpieces

Between white and black

A colourful floor

A miniature city

Feast days

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

The church of Carmine

Discovering the mother church

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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

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

The wall comes to life

The internal colours

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The Burgos crucifix

The two churches

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A long reconstruction

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A city in colour

An eagle-shaped city

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

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A prominent church

A small room with a golden entrance

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

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

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

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

Searching for colour

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The Baroque town by the sea

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

New roads for Catania

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Prominent façade

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Wonderful quick decorations

A talking palace

A hall for the feasts

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

A feast only for Scicli

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

One city, two sites

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A museum to save a tradition

One city, three sites

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The Staircase of Angels

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A triumph of colour

Many owners, one palace

A symbol for the town

A majestic and luminous church

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Norman apses

A square as the heart of the city

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The interior and its masterpieces

The Maiolica of the staircase

The chocolate of Modica

A new site for a new city

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The city of museums

A new site for a new church

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The colours of the cathedral