At the end of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, when the Italian and European Baroque began to experience the decreasing moments of their inventions and set off towards the forms of the Rococo, a new artistic phenomenon, especially in architecture, linked to that culture, came to life exclusively in Sicily and in particular in the territorial belt that embraces Acireale, Catania, Caltagirone, Syracuse, Noto, Modica, Ragusa. This is the cultural phenomenon that goes by the name of "Sicilian Baroque". Located in the South-East of Sicily, Val di Noto, in 2002, was included among the Italian sites of the UNESCO World Heritage List for its splendid late Baroque cities.
Baroque Catania preserves some of the most priceless and precious historical-architectural testimonies of this style. The itinerary, in ten stages, begins with the cathedral of Sant’Agata and, passing through places and monuments such as the Elephant fountain and Biscari palace, reaches the church of San Biagio.
Syracuse is an inevitable stop on any trip to eastern Sicily. In one day, you can see the most emblematic of its most beautiful places and, above all, some Baroque masterpieces: most of them are located in an exceptional setting, represented by Ortigia, which stands on a small islet.
3. RAGUSA IBLA
On the occasion of the third stage, you will visit another of the canonical places of Sicilian Baroque. The visit to Ragusa Ibla starts from the cathedral of San Giorgio, which represents a bit the symbol of the entire city. Between a palace and a monument, you have to walk along the Commendatore climb, to immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of this Baroque masterpiece.
Noto is known with a nickname that already says a lot: the cradle of Sicilian baroque. The facades of its palaces and the most beautiful monuments are strictly in limestone. Corso Vittorio Emanuele is the main street, elegant like the rest of the city, surrounded by palaces and churches in Sicilian Baroque style. The highly scenic Cathedral of San Nicolò stands atop a grand staircase and blends the Baroque with the neoclassical ..
The city of chocolate is also a beautiful example of late Baroque style: the palaces and churches that open onto the narrow alleys and small squares will accompany you on your visit. Visit the church of San Giorgio for a stunning view over the city. The city famous for its delicious chocolate is more "lived" than Noto, but it is equally surprising. Divided between Modica Alta and Modica Bassa, it boasts at least two interesting churches: in the upper part of the city there is the imposing San Giorgio, while in the lower part there is the cathedral. It is also worth a ride on Corso Umberto I, with a stop in the pastry shop; and a tour of the intricate alleys, up to the birthplace of Salvatore Quasimodo.
Small town near Ragusa, it boasts a delightful center, completely restored, home to several sets of Commissioner Montalbano. It is dominated by three hills, from which you can enjoy an unmissable view. Walking through the streets of the city you will come across the church of San Bartolomeo, Palazzo Spadaro, Palazzo Bonelli, Palazzo Beneventano, church of Santa Teresa, Church of San Giovanni, Piazza Italia. Here, too, the Baroque often manifests itself and in all its wonders.