The theatre of taste

a piscariaA few metres from the cathedral, just past Porta Uzeda, is the fish market, “a piscaria”. It has been home to one of Catania’s historical markets since the early 19th century.
Modest in size, it is now a destination for fish connoisseurs and tourists.
Amidst the colours of red mullet and black mussel shells, the vendors’ shouts mingle with the smell.
Though rather strong and pungent, it’s definitely authentic and encourages visitors to take some fish home. Spices can also be found, to accompany the market purchases. Packaged in unidentified plastic bags, they tell a story of cultural influences steeped in past and present that reveal and release aromas of ancient origin. Observing in this way brings you closer to the beauty of these places.
The market of Catania is a theatre of taste, animated by the traders’ shouts, where you can revel in an atmosphere where time seems to stand still.

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Norman apses

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Between white and black

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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

A city in colour

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The disastrous earthquake

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

A talking palace

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

The church of Carmine

The two churches

Connections with other UNESCO sites

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A miniature city

Two illustrious patron saints

The Burgos crucifix

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A triumph of colour

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Feast days

One city, three sites

Some masterpieces

Feasting in Palazzolo

Discovering the mother church

The Maiolica of the staircase

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

A symbol for the town

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

The Baroque town by the sea

The internal colours

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Prominent façade

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

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

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

A museum to save a tradition

The wall comes to life

Wonderful quick decorations

New roads for Catania

Many owners, one palace

The Staircase of Angels

A new site for a new city

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A square as the heart of the city

The theatre of taste

An eagle-shaped city

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The city of museums

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

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

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

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The chocolate of Modica

A long reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A half-Baroque church

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

A majestic and luminous church

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A small room with a golden entrance

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

Some prestigious works

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A new site for a new church

Searching for colour

The interior and its masterpieces

A hall for the feasts

A feast only for Scicli

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A prominent church

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

One city, two sites

From International Gothic to present day

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

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

A colourful floor

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo