Catania

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

sight
A hypnotic floor

With a splendid geometric design of curved and broken lines pointing towards the centre, the floor of the church of San Giuliano (St. Julian) mesmerises all who look upon it.
The effect is amplified by the contrast between the colours of the floor.
The red stone alternating with white marble with light grey veins is enough to make your head spin.

hearing
The singing of the Benedictines

On the Feast of St. Agatha, the saint’s statue is carried around the city streets in procession.
The long route takes us in front of the church of San Giuliano (St. Julian), where the devout Benedictine nuns, hidden behind the grilles, hear prayers, honour the Saint and take part in one of the most important celebrations.

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A prominent church

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The Maiolica of the staircase

Some prestigious works

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A half-Baroque church

A museum to save a tradition

The Baroque town by the sea

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A triumph of colour

A new site for a new city

One city, three sites

Prominent façade

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

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

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The disastrous earthquake

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Two illustrious patron saints

A hall for the feasts

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A colourful floor

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

An eagle-shaped city

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

A symbol for the town

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

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Feast days

A feast only for Scicli

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The colours of the cathedral

A majestic and luminous church

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A city in colour

Discovering the mother church

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The church of Carmine

A small room with a golden entrance

Searching for colour

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

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

Some masterpieces

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Between white and black

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A new site for a new church

Wonderful quick decorations

A square as the heart of the city

The Staircase of Angels

A miniature city

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

Feasting in Palazzolo

The interior and its masterpieces

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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

From International Gothic to present day

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The internal colours

A talking palace

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The wall comes to life

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

A long reconstruction

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

One city, two sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

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

The two churches

The Burgos crucifix

Norman apses

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Many owners, one palace

The theatre of taste

The city of museums

Connections with other UNESCO sites

New roads for Catania

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A Nobel Prize in Modica