Town of Noto
Traces of human settlements in the area where Noto is located today date back to the Bronze Age, or Old Castellucciana (2200-1450 BC), as evidenced by archaeological findings. The ancient “Neaton” was a colony of Syracuse during the tyranny of Hiero II, which in 214 BC fell under Roman rule.
The Arabs who occupied the city in 854 gave its name, and “Noto” has survived to present day. The city streets are paved with lava and white stone, the sloping streets and connecting stairways make the Noto urban landscape one of the most characteristic towns in Sicily.
There are many architectural treasures scattered throughout the streets of the historical center, which, together with other late Baroque towns of the Val di Noto, is a UNESCO “World Heritage Site” since 2002.
Among the Many Things to See:
The Basilica Cathedral of St. Nicholas – Locatedin UNESCO’s World Heritage list, the Noto Cathedral is the result of the various projects to renovate the stylistic stratification built between the 18th and 19th centuries. Three greatest proponents of Baroque Noto supported these works: Rosario Gagliardi, Paul Labisi and Vincenzo Sinatra.
The Church of the Holy Cross –The second building of worship in the city, this church was built in the early 18th century by Rosario Gagliardi. Inside, three aisles were preserved after several works by Francesco Laurana and a glass case containing a thorn, which, according to legend, is said to be from the crown of Christ.
The Ducezio Palace –The building of the town hallwas designed by Vincenzo Sinatra in 1746. The façade is characterized by 20 arches supported by Ionic columns and 13 rectangular windows. To note,walk inside to see the splendid “Hall of Mirrors”, tastefully furnished with antique Louis XV style.
Royal Gate (“PortaReale”) – Built on the occasion of Ferdinand II of Bourbon’s visit, it is the symbol of the city and was completed in just one year, in 1838, withthe typical lines of neoclassicism.
The seaside village of Marzamemi is set near a fishing port, the main source of income for the first inhabitants of the country, which soon became one of the landmarks in Sicily for tuna fishing.
The tuna trap of Marzamemi dates back to rule of the Arabs, and in 1630 was bought by the Prince of Villadorata who enlarged and embellished it thanks to the intervention of skilled carpenters from nearby Syracuse.
Marzamemi has a beautiful beach and in recent years has become a favourite destination for many tourists, attracted by the scenic beauty of the place and the many opportunities for entertainment provided by the many shops and bars that line the narrow streets of the village.
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