Although the Baroque adventure spans all over Europe, the "capital" cities of such style are alla in Italy: Noto in Sicily, Lecce in Apulia and Torino in Piedmont. The architectural features are pretty much the same in all these places where the so called "grandeur" was the guideline to impress the visitors.
Torino is a blessed city. Most of the conteporary architectures are well inserted within the city context and allow keeping the original elegance by also experimenting contemporary and innovative architecture.
I finally went down to Palermo. I lived my whole trip to Sicily in anticipation for this. I had great expectations about Palermo, especially after its Arab-Norman Cathedral was listed by Unesco among the world heritage sites.
After visiting Noto, the so-called capital of the Baroque style I drove just few kilometres, along the Valley and ended up at two cities that really surprised me: Scicli and Modica.
In 2002, UNESCO included the baroque cities of Val di Noto in the list of the World Heritage sites. It is not just one place but a set of cities whose reconstruction in the late baroque era, created an impressive and unprecendented monumental valley, enriched with noble palaces of particular interest as well as of unique beauty.
The next morning I drove along the recently completed highway from Aci Sant'Antonio to Siracusa, the capital of the greek culture in Southern Italy.
Sicily is home to some of the most amazing Baroque architectures. Here is a quick sample over the Duomo of Modica