Noto, "Baroque capital of the Val di Noto", since 2002 has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The city is called "The Garden of Stone", thanks to its sumptuous palaces and monumental churches built with local stone, richly carved golden.
The city streets are interspersed with beautiful squares and imposing staircases that connect terraces, huts and prestigious buildings.


The name "Noto" was chosen by the Arabs to show its beauty and importance.
The original site of the town, Noto Antica, lies 8 km to the north, Mount Alveria where settlements have been found dating back to the Bronze Age (2200-1450 BC).
In 263 A.C. and became a Greek colony of Syracuse in 214 A.C. was acknowledged by the Romans allied city.
In 903, given the importance attached to the city by the Arabs, became known Capovalle and its territory became known as Val di Noto.
On 11 January 1693 the city, then in its full splendor, was destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake. During the eighteenth century Noto was rebuilt on another site, 8 km from Mount Alveria, thanks to the support of famous architects of the master builders and masons.

Major sights of interest

  • San Nicolò Cathedral;
  • Santissimo Crocifisso Church;
  • San Carlo al Corso Church;
  • San Domenico Church;
  • San Francesco d’Assisi all’Immacolata Church;
  • Santa Maria dell’Arco Church;
  • Santa Maria del Carmelo Church;
  • Santissimo Salvatore Church;
  • San Michele Arcangelo Church;
  • Spirito Santo Church


Every third Sunday of May there is the Infiorata Festival. This event, which each year attracts tourists from all over the world, takes place in the scenic route Nicolaci that is covered with a carpet of flowers divided into panels representing drawings by local artists or from inside the Val di Noto.

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