Caltagirone

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

sight
Infinite colours for a single staircase

scala-infisorata-caltagironeWow!
The Staircase of St. Mary of the Mountain during the town’s most important feasts is an exciting sight.
In May the taircase becomes a colourful carpet of plants and flowers that perfume the air and together create a spectacular design dedicated to the Madonna dei Conadomini.
But it doesn’t stop here! To celebrate St. James and the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, 4000 tea lights are lit, one by one, to form a unique design on the staircase!
All the inhabitants take part and thousands of people meet at the foot of the staircase, all looking for the best viewpoint.

smell
The scent of the feasts

In addition to its colours and lights during the two most important feasts, the Staircase of St. Mary of the Mountain is also filled with various scents.
The smell of flowers accompanies the feast dedicated to the Madonna Conadomini, while burning wax is the typical aroma for the celebrations of St. James and the Assumption of the Virgin.
The flames of 140 tea lights illuminate the staircase until they go out, giving way to a slight burning smell.

Two illustrious patron saints

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

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

The Burgos crucifix

A museum to save a tradition

Some prestigious works

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A long reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Staircase of Angels

A city in colour

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

Discovering the mother church

The city of museums

A Nobel Prize in Modica

One city, two sites

Feast days

The colours of the cathedral

A new site for a new city

The interior and its masterpieces

Between white and black

One city, three sites

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Searching for colour

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A miniature city

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

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The two churches

A small room with a golden entrance

Wonderful quick decorations

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

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Some masterpieces

Many owners, one palace

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The disastrous earthquake

A half-Baroque church

Prominent façade

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

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

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

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

An eagle-shaped city

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

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

A triumph of colour

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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

A feast only for Scicli

A majestic and luminous church

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

Feasting in Palazzolo

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A colourful floor

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A symbol for the town

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The wall comes to life

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

Norman apses

New roads for Catania

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Baroque town by the sea

A hall for the feasts

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A prominent church

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

A talking palace

From International Gothic to present day

The church of Carmine

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The Maiolica of the staircase

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The theatre of taste

A square as the heart of the city

The internal colours

A new site for a new church