Noto

Baroque Tour

The tour lasts a couple of hours. You can reach Noto by means of transport private or rented. It is suitable for everybody.

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Noto – Cathedral

Noto, just a few kilometers far from Siracusa, is the jewel of the Sicilian baroque. It is a delightful town rebuilt in baroque style after the terrible earthquake of 1693 that damaged the eastern Sicily coast. Together with Scicli, Modica, Ragusa, Palazzolo Acreide, Caltagirone, Militello in Val di Catania and Catania, Noto is part of Unesco heritage. These eight centers are known because they have unusual city plans.

Tour

Noto has got a city plan with large orthogonal axes that face the most important monuments of the town. The first monument is Porta Reale (the Royal Arch) that opens the tour along the main avenue, Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Churches, noble palaces, little squares all lean over this street and they all have been chosen as locations for movies and tv series. Between the movies we can recall Sparrow by Franco Zeffirelli and Inspector Montalbano as tv serial.

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Noto – Santissimo Salvatore Church

One of the most suggestive square is certanly the town hall one, surrounded by four buildings: Palazzo Ducezio, Santissimo Salvatore Church, the Episcopal Palace and San Nicolò Cathedral which rules from above a high scenographic staircase. Noto has become a destination for the Sicilian baroque lovers and art enthusiasts. The old town is full of shops of handmade clothes or crafts. If you love to make shopping here you certainly find something to buy.

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Noto – ceramic workshop

If you decide to come to Sicily during the third week in May and to visit Noto, you will find the Infiorata Feast. Every year in May in Noto takes place the so called Infiorata. Artists from all the world create a thousands square meters carpet of flowers on the pavement in some streets. The most important between them is Via Corrado Nicolaci, in the old town. They use vegetable extracts and at least 350.000 flowers.

In front of Via Nicolaci there is the most popular pastry shop in Noto: Caffè Sicilia. If you have a very sweet tooth or you are a lover of culinary journeys should not miss this place!

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Noto – Via Nicolaci. Infiorata Feast

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