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Noto

Noto is a little gem of Sicilian Baroque. An amazing city situated on a plateau which domains the whole Asinaro’s valley. It is an important Sicilian, roman, byzantine and Arabic city, and was destroyed at its high splendour by the earthquake of 1693, but thanks to the wise reconstruction, it is become a magnificent example of Artistic city, of UNESCO’s heritage.

"Tutti dovettero avere una grande superbia, un grande orgoglio, un alto senso si sé, di sé come individui e di sé come comunità, se subito dopo il terremoto vollero e seppero ricostruire miracolosamente quelle città, con quelle topografie, con quelle architetture barocche: scenografiche, ardite, abbaglianti concretizzazioni di sogni, realizzazioni di fantastiche utopie."

Vincenzo Consolo

What to see in Noto

The entrance of old town is announced by the Porta Reale, an impactful arch of triumph built in the 1800, because of the visit of King Ferdinand II of Bourbon named King of the Two Sicilies. From this point starts the main street of the city “Corso Vittorio Emanuele” and there are three main squares, Piazza Immacolata, Piazza Municipio and Piazza XVI Maggio.

The Cathedral of San Nicolò is located on the highest point of a wide stairway, on the northside of Piazza Municipio. The building of the Church began in the 1694, and ended in the 1703. During centuries , however , both the front and the inside underwent a series of transformation.
The inside, subdivided in three aisles, keep in safe many artworks, among them the Silver Urn containing the San Conrad Confalonieri’s remains.

Ducezio Palace is the seat of the townhall, named in honour of Ducezio, founder of the city. It was designed by Vincenzo Sinatra from Noto in the 1746, take inspiration from many French palaces of XVII century, but it was completed only in the 1830. The convex front is characterized by twenty arches supported by columns with Ionic capitals. Inside has to be noticed the Mirror’s room, an ovoid salon with furniture in Luis XV’s style and big sculpted mirror.

The Church of San Francesco all’Immacolata is characterized by a beautiful and simple baroque front. Inside you will find witnesses of the Ancient Noto, and on the wooden altar is painted/depicted the Holy Mary with the Baby (attributed to Monachello, 1564).

Noto will reserve you amazing surprises, we have just spoiled you only a few of them!

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By car following these roads:

  • A18 Siracusa-Gela
  • Strada statale 115
  • Strada statale 287
  • Strada statale 124 Siracusana

The city is in the middle between the airport of Catania (Fontanarossa) and Comiso, the first at 89 Km and the second 86 Km but is easier to get to the airport of Catania through the highway.

Basilica Cattedrale di San Nicolò
Chiesa del Santissimo Crocifisso
Chiesa di San Carlo al Corso
Chiesa di San Domenico
Chiesa di San Francesco d’Assisi all’Immacolata
Chiesa di Santa Chiara
Chiesa di Santa Maria dell’Arco
Chiesa della Madonna del Carmine
più altre decine di chiese e monasteri.
Palazzo Ducezio
Teatro “Tina Di Lorenzo”
Porta Reale o Ferdinandea
Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata
Palazzo Modica di San Giovanni
Palazzo Landolina di Sant’Alfano
Palazzo Trigona di Cannicarao
Palazzo del Vescovado
Palazzo Impellizzeri di San Giacomo
Palazzo Astuto di Fargione
Palazzo Rau della Ferla
Palazzo Di Lorenzo del Castelluccio
Noto Antica
Eloro
Castelluccio di Noto
Villa del Tellaro
Monte Finocchitto
Riserva naturale orientata Oasi Faunistica di Vendicari
Riserva naturale orientata Cavagrande del Cassibile

Holy week (From Thursday to Easter’s Sunday)

Infiorata (the third Sunday of May)
Processione della Madonna del Carmine (16th of July)

Festa di San Corrado Confalonieri (19th of February)

Processione dell’Immacolata (8th of December)

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