Sicily’s South-East: the flowering in the wake of an earthquake
In 1693 a calamitous earthquake devastated Sicily’s South-East (the Val di Noto region). Several towns such as Catania, Siracusa, Noto, Modica, Scicli, Ragusa Ibla were damaged and most of the monuments and buildings were severely affected or destroyed. Thousands of people died. The reconstraction after this catastrophe, however, unleashed a happy season of architectural and artistic revival and created an original architectural language. This style, known as ” Sicilian Baroque ” is now recognized by Unesco as a World Cultural Heritage. Discover the luxuriance of the Sicilian Sicilian Baroque style and get to understand its deeper and distant roots with our private and small group guided tours.
The streets of these reconstructed towns with façade balconies, supported by corbels made out of successive courses of stonework, or by large wooden or stone brackets, their palaces and alleys form a backdrop to the Inspector Montalbano stories. Visit the Inspector Montalbano filming locations with our Inspector Montalbano tour