Palazzolo Acreide

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

sight
Infinite lights and colours

How wonderful!
The light and colours inside the church of San Sebastiano leave everyone breathless!
The crystal chandeliers shine and the surfaces around them reflect and light up in turn.
The marble columns shine and the blue, green and yellow stained glass windows filter warm rays of sunshine.
Full of colour, the church interior is tinged with black and white from the floor, accompanied by the yellow and light grey of the columns, and the white and gold of the walls. navata laterale lampadari accesi

hearing
21 cannon shots

The feast of San Sebastiano is an important moment for all worshippers and the whole country. Citizens gather together to honour the patron saint.
Every year on 10th August at 8:15 am, twenty-one cannon shots precede the departure of the bread cart, accompanied by music, for the traditional collection of “cuddure” (ring-shaped biscuits), offered to St. Sebastian.
Loud noises, firecrackers, music, voices and shouting can be heard early in the morning.

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Feast days

Norman apses

A square as the heart of the city

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

Wonderful quick decorations

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A museum to save a tradition

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A new site for a new city

Some prestigious works

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Discovering the mother church

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A miniature city

A city in colour

A new site for a new church

The Baroque town by the sea

A talking palace

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Many owners, one palace

One city, three sites

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A long reconstruction

The church of Carmine

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

One city, two sites

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

A hall for the feasts

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A small room with a golden entrance

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Prominent façade

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The chocolate of Modica

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The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A feast only for Scicli

Feasting in Palazzolo

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Searching for colour

The internal colours

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The wall comes to life

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

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

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

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 disastrous earthquake

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

From International Gothic to present day

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

The colours of the cathedral

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Modica, a city with ancient origins

An eagle-shaped city

The Staircase of Angels

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The interior and its masterpieces

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A colourful floor

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

New roads for Catania

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A symbol for the town

The Burgos crucifix

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Some masterpieces

A half-Baroque church

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A majestic and luminous church

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The theatre of taste

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

Between white and black

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

A prominent church

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The Maiolica of the staircase

The two churches

The city of museums

A triumph of colour