Scicli’s Palazzo Beneventano – baroque excellence
Scicli’s Palazzo Beneventano has been described as Sicily’s most beautiful baroque building.
After all, it is located in a splendid city that is known all over the world for its typical baroque profile: Scicli was rebuilt starting in 1693, after being completely destroyed by a terrible earthquake.
Since then, as Sicilian novelist Elio Vittorini has written, it features “houses all over the cliffs, a large square below over the bed of a torrent, and old ecclesiastical buildings that crown the mountain semicircle in various points, like baroque acropolises.”
“It is just a few kilometers from Modica, in the south-easternmost point of the island. If you reach it from the inland, you suddenly find it at your feet like a festive pile of roofs, magpies and bell ringing. If you reach it from the nearby coast, you catch a glimpse of it hiding with ten thousand dark windows on the whole altitude of the mountain, between snaking smoke and the sparse gleams of windows, quickly opened and shut against the sun” (translated from E. Vittorini, “Le città del mondo”, Einaudi, Turin 1969).
In this splendid landscape, if you look closely towards the foot of Colle di San Matteo, you might even see the intricate rustication pilaster strips and the mocking mascarons on the walls of the beautiful Palazzo Beneventano.