Noto, as well as 7 other towns in the Val di Noto region of South East Sicily were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2002. They were all rebuilt after the devestating earthquake of 1693.
This town was rebuilt ten years later, 16kms south of the original site.
The stone used in Noto’s grand baroque style buildings, has a unique pink colour, giving it a special glow.
Along the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, are the city’s most significant buildings.
The main piazza, Piazza Municipio, is dominated by the Cathedral (Chieso di San Nicolo) which is preceded by three flights of steps. The cupola collapsed in 1966 and has just been restored
In front of the Cathedral is Palazzo Ducezio, now the Town Hall
On Via Nicolaci is the Palazzo Nicolaci Di Villadorata with its famous wrought iron balconies featuring grotesque figures. On the third weekend in May, the street is covered in flowers for Noto’s famous ‘Infiorata’.Unfortunately we have just missed this.
Battles are still raging in Noto! The battle of the gelato.
Caffe Sicilia in Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Caffe Costanzo, just behind the Town Hall at Via Silvio Spaventa are famous for their granita’s, gelati and pastries.
For me, the winner is Cafe Constanza
The mandarin gelato here is best I have ever tasted. Try the mulberry or jasmine flavours if they are available
Seven Rooms Villadorata. Situated in the Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, this beautifully decorated guest house is the place to stay in the centre of Noto.
Situated in Noto Antica, about 10 kms from today’s city, the agritourismo was once an ancient monastery.It has 12 tastefully decorated rooms, a restaurant, spa and pool.