The route twists and turns through the main late Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily such as Scicli, Modica, Ragusa, Ispica, Noto and Comiso, which were hit and severely damaged by the 1693 disastrous earthquake. However, the whole area rose again in the eighteenth century in an even more rich and sumptuous way. It is exactly this sumptuousness that we will show you in this path: something that makes special and unique this angle of Sicily, because it was skilfully and masterfully adopted on to a lively area rich of culture and traditions. Among the different churches you will visit, you will appreciate some of the features of the late Baroque: gargoyles and cherubs; rounded wrought iron railings; tower-shaped façades with complex geometries and incorporated bell; mixed up and polychrome marble; free columns.
The route is divided into 6 sub routes, as follows:
I05 Sub-Route 5 – The Baroque churches of Noto
Brief history of the city: Noto, which was added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2002, has often been called the ‘Capital of Baroque’ because of its architectural and monumental richness linked to the late Baroque period. This characteristic comes from the fact the reconstruction of the city took place on a new site, the Alveria hill. Therefore, the city nowadays is the outcome of a construction job started ‘from scratch’, mostly done during the eighteenth century. Hence the artistic richness that distinguishes it.
Route description: Starting from San Francesco d’Assisi all’Immacolata the tour continues with the church of Santa Chiara, the church of SS. Salvatore and the Cathedral of San Nicola. After lunch break, the visit resumes from the Church of Montevergine and continues with the churches of San Carlo al Corso, San Domenico, Santa Maria del Carmelo, and, finally, the church of Santa Maria dell’Arco.