Noto is the finest example of Sicilian Baroque style and for this reason it has been included by UNESCO in their prestigious, coveted World Heritage List. The city is about 32 km from
Noto strikes you immediately due to the extraordinary homogeneity of its town-planning: it was built to an octagonal plan and is crossed through by the main streets. This “stone garden”, as it is commonly called come, contains a never-ending number of Baroque monuments that appear on the streets and squares. The material most commonly used is limestone, which creates an extremely spectacular effect at sunset, when the sunlight brings out a pinkish hue from the majestic façades.
What to see/do:
· Piazza Municipio: with its wonderful staircase that takes you up to the Cathedral of San Giorgio, surrounded by imposing Baroque buildings such as Palazzo Vescovile and Palazzo Landolina di Sant'Alfano.
· Palazzo Ducezio: now the seat of the Town Council. An admission fee of €1 admits you to one of the reception rooms within, the Sala degli Specchi ('hall of mirrors'), a palatial room with mildly interesting 19th Century frescoes;
· walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Cavour to admire the masterpieces of the late Baroque period
· Palazzo Nicolaci: where chubby beasts and cherubs stare down at Via Nicolaci. This is a masterpiece.
Spare the afternoon (or at list a couple of hours) to visit the Natural reserve of Vendicari. It's a bliss for the senses. So secluded and quite and the sea is really Carribean style. Please note that if you go in the summer months when Italians are on holiday, you will have to share the beach with other locals. It is still well worth a visit. Fishes are very friendly as they are not scared of humans. It's a really nice experience!
Where to stay:
2. Villa Dorata: http://www.7roomsvilladorata.it/ -
3. Eremo della Giubiliana: http://www.eremodellagiubiliana.it/
Next week we write about the last part of the 1 week Sicilian holiday. Don’t miss it! Enjoy.
Above article inspired by: http://www.nozio.com/europe/italy/sicily/syracuse/itineraries/syracuse_:_noto.htm