Palazzolo Acreide

The two churches

The two main churches of Palazzolo Acreide, the Church of San Paolo (St. Paul) and the Church of San Sebastiano (St. Sebastian),are excellent examples of the particular late Baroque style.
They stand amidst the dense fabric of houses and palaces, taking on particular significance within the town.

Each with their own style, they form a scenic curtain.
Their strong presence not only defines the square, but the entire district that shares the name of the churches.
These sacred buildings have great value for their architectural features and the complexity of their decoration and sculptures.
They also evoke the wealth and power of the local confraternities, who were key players in much of the reconstruction of sacred buildings following the great earthquake of 1693 that struck the entire Val di Noto.
In Palazzolo Acreide, highly popular religious festivals take place from June to October and are dedicated to the city’s patron saints.
The feast of St. Paul the Apostle (29th June) has very ancient origins, is internationally celebrated and attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists every year.


Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

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

The expansion of space and changing reality

City and nature

The art of maiolica

The Church of St. Paul

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The eagle-shaped city

The Church of Madonna della Stella

A story of rebirth

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

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

The works in the church

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

One city, three sites

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The Church of St. Benedict

The Franciscan convent

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The city palace

The articulated interior spaces

The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

A unifying project for the city of Catania

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

The new roads of the city

St. Agatha and the candelore

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The church and the monastery

The Church of St. Francis

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The interior of the church: space and colour

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

Religious architecture

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

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

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The two churches

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

The Staircase of Angels

The Palazzo dei due mori

Art in the cathedral

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

A stone garden

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

A casket of precious works

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

A heritage of votive works

The palace, the town, the church

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

Luminous sacred spaces

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The city within the city

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The church and the college

The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The Benedictines’ library

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The interior and works of art