Catania

Wonderful quick decorations

A strike of colour leaves you breathless as you enter the church of San Benedetto (St. Benedict) on Via dei Crociferi.
The paintings that decorate the interior have a timeless beauty.
The painter Giovanni Tuccari was commissioned to fresco the church. He completed the entire painting series in just three years (1726-1729). At the centre of the vault is the triumph of St. Benedict accompanied by his sister, St. Scholastica, and Pope Gregory I. At the sides, Tuccari completed the work and painted some scenes from the saint’s life: him welcoming St. Maurus and St. Placidus, two Benedictine saints, and on another, Totila, king of the Ostrogoths, a barbarian population, kneels before him.
To complete the decoration, there is a series of female figures above the windows, the allegories of virtues : the first is prudence, a woman depicted near a marble column, a symbol of fortress; followed by temperance, faith, hope and splendid charity, a woman nursing her own baby and two others.
The depictions are full of figures, so the spectator becomes part of the scene, overwhelmed by the events. This effect and ability to involve the observer is all down to the artist. Using a play on light and shadow, Giovanni Tuccari : bestows movement and vitality upon the scenes. At the same time this painting technique allowed him to work extremely quickly; he completed the work in just three years.

A majestic and luminous church

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

Some masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A symbol for the town

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The wall comes to life

A new site for a new church

One city, three sites

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

The façade used as a puppet theatre

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

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

The disastrous earthquake

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

A long reconstruction

A square as the heart of the city

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Searching for colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Baroque town by the sea

A talking palace

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A new site for a new city

Norman apses

Some prestigious works

A hall for the feasts

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

From International Gothic to present day

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

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Two illustrious patron saints

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

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The city of museums

A feast only for Scicli

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A colourful floor

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

Wonderful quick decorations

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

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

A museum to save a tradition

Prominent façade

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A half-Baroque church

Feast days

The Staircase of Angels

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The interior and its masterpieces

The Maiolica of the staircase

The theatre of taste

Many owners, one palace

A triumph of colour

The internal colours

Feasting in Palazzolo

The colours of the cathedral

The chocolate of Modica

An eagle-shaped city

The two churches

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

A miniature city

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Discovering the mother church

A prominent church

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Between white and black

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The church of Carmine

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

One city, two sites

A Nobel Prize in Modica

New roads for Catania

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

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

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A city in colour