Noto: the capital of Sicilian Baroque
The city of Noto lays 31 kilometers from Syracuse and only 8 kilometers from the sea, and is considered the greatest example of Baroque art in Sicily. It is a very suggestive location, even when admired from far away. In fact, the municipality stands out on the plateau overlooking the Asinaro Valley. And it is surrounded by citrus trees.
Noto: beach, cuisine and much more…
The city, like many other Sicilian towns, was unfoortunately destroyed by the big earthquake in 1693. It was then completely rebuilt under the Aragonese rule.
Among the main monuments of Noto, the first is the Arch of Triumph (Porta Reale). It is one of the symbols of the city, representing, in fact, its entrance. The monument is surmounted by three emblematic carvings: the cranellated tower for power, the dog for loyalty and the pelican for sacrifice.
Another pearl is the Cathedral of San Nicolò, also a symbol of Noto. The construction was completed in 1703. However, over the centuries, it has undergone numerous renovations. The late Baroque facade is beautiful, made of soft limestone with a marked neoclassical note.
In addition to the historical monuments, in Noto it is also possible to visit the wonderful Vendicari Reserve, an oasis of extreme beauty.
The beach of Calamosche is also very beautiful: a natural cove that will give you the opportunity to swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy the maximum relaxation.
The beauty of Noto doesn’t end here. Every year, in fact, during the so-called Baroque Spring, the streets of the village are populated with tourists visiting the Infiorata festival. Among the events of Noto, this is certainly one of the most fascinating. From the bell tower of the Church of San Carlo it is possible to admire via Nicolaci turning into a carpet of petals that make up different designs. The show takes place on the third Sunday of May.
There are, however, also gourmet events. Worth noting, for good food lovers, the festival of Le Tavole and the gastronomic gardens of Baroque. During these events, many booths will display the two typical products of Noto: Almonds and the sweet wine Moscato di Noto.
If you don't know how to get to Noto, it is possible to do it quite easily by car, plane and bus. Palermo, Siracusa and Ragusa are the major centers close by. From here, road connections and public buses are available.
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