Committee Decisions

CONF 202 23.17

Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily) (Italy)

The World Heritage Committee,

Inscribes the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily), Italy on the basis of cultural criteria (i), (ii), (iv) and (v):

Criterion (i): This group of towns in south-eastern Sicily provides outstanding testimony to the exuberant genius of late Baroque art and architecture.

Criterion (ii): The towns of the Val di Noto represent the culmination and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe.

Criterion (iv): The exceptional quality of the late Baroque art and architecture in the Val di Noto lies in its geographical and chronological homogeneity, as well as its quantity, the result of the 1693 earthquake in this region.

Criterion (v): The eight towns of south-eastern Sicily that make up this nomination, which are characteristic of the settlement pattern and urban form of this region, are permanently at risk from earthquakes and eruptions of Mount Etna.

This serial nomination concerns eight towns in the southeast of Sicily:

Town

Province

Area

Buffer

Caltagirone

Catania

22.90 ha

47.86 ha

Catania

Catania

38.50 ha

80.13 ha

Militello Val di Catania

Catania

1.43 ha

27.48 ha

Modica

Ragusa

9.00 ha

34.00 ha

Noto

Siracusa

21.38 ha

48.09 ha

Palazzolo Acreide

Siracusa

1.37 ha

33.74 ha

Ragusa

Ragusa

17.39 ha

29.32 ha

Scicli

Scicli

0.82 ha

5.18 ha

 

TOTAL

212.76 ha

305.80 ha

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
Focal Point: EUR/NA
States Parties: Italy
Session: 26COM