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:
I01 – Sub-route 1 – The Baroque churches of Scicli
Route description: Scicli is one of eight cities which was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list in June 2002 because of its architectural and urban structure. The itinerary starts from the Church of San Bartolomeo; then it continues with a visit to the Mother Church dedicated to San Guglielmo, to finally move to Mormina Penna street, where you will visit the churches of San Giovanni Evangelista, San Michele Arcangelo and Santa Teresa.