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).

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Between white and black

A small room with a golden entrance

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Two illustrious patron saints

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A colourful floor

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A museum to save a tradition

A symbol for the town

A city in colour

Some prestigious works

Some masterpieces

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Wonderful quick decorations

A square as the heart of the city

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A half-Baroque church

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The Maiolica of the staircase

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

From International Gothic to present day

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Burgos crucifix

The wall comes to life

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The Staircase of Angels

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

A long reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Searching for colour

New roads for Catania

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Discovering the mother church

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Feast days

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

One city, two sites

The two churches

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A prominent church

The church of Carmine

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

The internal colours

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

A miniature city

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The Baroque town by the sea

The theatre of taste

A majestic and luminous church

The interior and its masterpieces

A hall for the feasts

The disastrous earthquake

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A new site for a new city

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

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

A talking palace

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

The city of museums

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Prominent façade

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

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

A feast only for Scicli

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A triumph of colour

A new site for a new church

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Norman apses

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

One city, three sites

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

An eagle-shaped city

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

St. Sebastian, so much work!

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

Many owners, one palace

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

Feasting in Palazzolo

The chocolate of Modica

The colours of the cathedral

Modica, a city with ancient origins