Noto

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

sight
A panorama over Noto

The terrace of Santa Chiara will take your breath away! Partly because of all the stairs you have to climb, but more so for the spectacular view.
The whole city of Noto is below you, where infinite shades of colours embellish the landscape.
The green of the trees and surrounding hills; the blue of the sea that shines brightly in the distance, illuminated by the sun like a carpet of diamonds; and the golden cathedral of San Nicolò whose façade and round dome can be seen. A show of lights and colours!vista dalla terrazza di Santa Chiara

touch
The warm stucco

The gilded stuccoes on the ceiling of Santa Chiara (St. Claire) shine in the sunlight.
To the touch they will always be warmer than any other cold marble statue or sculpture, which are unable to retain heat.
Like stucco, wood will also always be warmer than this precious and ice-cold stone.

hearing
A gentle song

The nuns’singing was remarkable.
During religious services the church was filled with sweet voices and gentle songs alternating with delicate prayers.
If you return to the 18th century in your mind you can still hear the engrossed nuns singing Gloria del Signore (Glory of the Lord).

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A long reconstruction

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Feast days

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The chocolate of Modica

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A majestic and luminous church

A square as the heart of the city

A city in colour

The internal colours

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Modica, a city with ancient origins

Between white and black

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Norman apses

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A miniature city

Some masterpieces

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A hall for the feasts

From International Gothic to present day

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The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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

The Burgos crucifix

A new site for a new church

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Many owners, one palace

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The disastrous earthquake

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Prominent façade

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The two churches

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A new site for a new city

The Baroque town by the sea

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A triumph of colour

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The interior and its masterpieces

The theatre of taste

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The city of museums

A museum to save a tradition

One city, two sites

Searching for colour

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The colours of the cathedral

Discovering the mother church

A colourful floor

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Feasting in Palazzolo

A half-Baroque church

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

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The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A talking palace

The church of Carmine

A prominent church

The Maiolica of the staircase

An eagle-shaped city

The wall comes to life

The Staircase of Angels

A feast only for Scicli

Two illustrious patron saints

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

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

New roads for Catania

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

Wonderful quick decorations

Some prestigious works

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

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

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

One city, three sites

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A small room with a golden entrance

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A symbol for the town