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.

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The two churches

A square as the heart of the city

Searching for colour

A small room with a golden entrance

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

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

The wall comes to life

The Burgos crucifix

The Baroque town by the sea

The Staircase of Angels

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

A symbol for the town

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The theatre of taste

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Wonderful quick decorations

A triumph of colour

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The Maiolica of the staircase

Some masterpieces

New roads for Catania

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A long reconstruction

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

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

A city in colour

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

The chocolate of Modica

A miniature city

Prominent façade

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Two illustrious patron saints

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

Many owners, one palace

Feast days

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Norman apses

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

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

Between white and black

The internal colours

The city of museums

A talking palace

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

One city, two sites

Feasting in Palazzolo

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

A majestic and luminous church

Some prestigious works

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

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

The interior and its masterpieces

From International Gothic to present day

A new site for a new church

Discovering the mother church

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Limestone, the colour of harmony

A prominent church

The colours of the cathedral

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

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

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A museum to save a tradition

A new site for a new city

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A colourful floor

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

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The church of Carmine

One city, three sites

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

An eagle-shaped city

A hall for the feasts

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

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The disastrous earthquake

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A half-Baroque church

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

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A feast only for Scicli