Catania

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.

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The disastrous earthquake

From International Gothic to present day

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

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

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Prominent façade

A small room with a golden entrance

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The two churches

The church of Carmine

Feast days

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The Maiolica of the staircase

The Baroque town by the sea

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

One city, two sites

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The wall comes to life

Two illustrious patron saints

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The chocolate of Modica

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Some prestigious works

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

Many owners, one palace

The colours of the cathedral

One city, three sites

A museum to save a tradition

An eagle-shaped city

New roads for Catania

A miniature city

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

A half-Baroque church

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A triumph of colour

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Feasting in Palazzolo

A symbol for the town

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A square as the heart of the city

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A talking palace

Discovering the mother church

A city in colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

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

Between white and black

The internal colours

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

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

A feast only for Scicli

The interior and its masterpieces

The Staircase of Angels

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Norman apses

Wonderful quick decorations

A majestic and luminous church

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The city of museums

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A hall for the feasts

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The theatre of taste

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A new site for a new church

Searching for colour

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

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

Some masterpieces

A new site for a new city

A prominent church

A long reconstruction

A colourful floor

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The Burgos crucifix