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“A quaint UNESCO town”

Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Noto deserves a whole afternoon to visit all the churches. This is one of the towns destroyed by the earthquake in 1693.

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Reviewed 6 March 2012

Simply awesome architecture - so many churches and palaces in such a small area, it is almost over whelming.

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Reviewed 3 December 2011

These towns in southeast Sicily are amazing. They were all destroyed in a large earthquake in the 1600's, and were all rebuilt in the boroque style over then next several decades. They have been named, as a group, as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and make a great day trip from Catania or Siracusa. I would particularly recommend Noto and Caltagirone, as Noto is much quiter and less crowded, and Caltigerone has the added attraction of a large group of ceramics shops, offering Sicilian style ceramics.

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Reviewed 13 November 2011

We only visited Noto which is worth seeing. The cathedral is impressive and the ticket to see the theatre, hall of mirrors and art gallery is good value. The theatre is like a time warp. However, my main purpose in writing this review is to warn women travelling alone, or in a group, to take care on Noto station. It is a little way out of town, unmanned, not very busy and with no shops, bars etc nearby. We (three women) arrived early for our train and were standing down one end of the platform. A (young) man came walking towards us and started exposing himself. He looked very menacing. There was no way out other than the only entrance/exit which meant going past him. As I tried to run past him he tried to grab me. My very loud scream seemed to scare him off but there was no-one else around to hear it. So, take the bus from the town or, if you must wait on the platform, stay near the entrance.

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Reviewed 19 January 2010

Noto is stunning, worth visiting on the 3rd Sunday in May when the INFIORATA festival is in full swing. Wonderful artwork is recreated by the city's students, each picture is made of flower petals (hence Infiorata) adorning the whole of Via Nicolaci, the road under the magnificent Villa Dorata Palace. The city is built on a grid system, so it's easy to get around. Built of pinkish yellow sandstone it lights up in the evening and glows in the light of the diminishing sunset. Noto is beautiful, especially since it has been totally restored in recent years. There are many other towns in the vicinity which are all worth a visit & also in Baroque. Don't forget to visit the Villa del Tellaro (about 3km out of Noto on the old road to Pachino) which has the most extraordinary Roman mosaics, so exquisite they rival the famous mosaics of the larger Villa Romana at Piazza Armerina (province of Catania & about 2 1/2 hours away by car).
Noto is a good place to stay because it's full of guest houses & agritourism. The beach at Marina di Noto is a long expanse of golden sand, only 3 km from the Baroque center. Noto Antica is all that's left of the original town which was raised to the ground by the earthquake in 1693, most of the rubble was used to build the Noto of today. However, you can still visit the church of Eramo di Santa Maria della Provvidenza, which was reconstructed after the 1693 earthquake.
On the road to Noto Antica from Noto is San Corrado Fuori le Mura. The Eramo of San Corrado (the patron saint of Noto) is an interesting little church. It's build into a cave, the church front is the facade. Upstairs are the gifts donated left after a miracle occurred, old wedding dresses, prosthetic limbs & even a model boat amongst other items are to be seen. Down in the basement is a great Crib scene (which if you ask the curator) you might be able to see despite it not being Xmas. Above the church, a short walk from the main entrance is the small chapel & cave where the hermit Saint Conrad (San Corrado) lived in the1300's. Another good time to visit Noto is during the festival of San Corrado (officially 1st Sunday of Feb but when I lived there, they had a retake in August for the Netini {the name given to Noto's population} visiting during the summer holidays).

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