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  • 1 Corso Vittorio Emanuele III Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso Vittorio Emanuele III I - 96017 Noto

    Punctuated by three squares, each with its own church, this is the main street in Noto. It starts at Porta Reale, a monumental 19C triumphal arch surmounted by a pelican and on either side a tower (symbolising power) and a greyhound (symbolising fide..

  • 2 Noto Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    corso Vittorio Emanuele 121 I - 96017 Noto

    Beyond the cathedral's broad façade flanked by two attractive bell towers may be seen the remains of its dome, which collapsed in 1996 at the same time as a large part of the nave. A wide staircase in front of the building is flanked by two raised pl..

  • 3 Baroque Noto Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 96017 Noto

    The hub of the Baroque centre is Corso Vittorio Emanuele III, which widens into three squares bordered by huge Baroque churches. On Piazza Immacolata stands San Francesco all'Immacolata, the cathedral (the cupola and much of the central nave collapse..

  • 4 Town hall Square (Piazza Muicipio) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Municipio I - 96017 Noto

    This is the most impressive and liveliest of the three squares; it is bordered to the left by the Ducezio palace and on the right, flanked by two attractive raised platforms with steps, by the winding cathedral staircase. On the east side stands the ..

  • 5 Via Nicolaci Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Nicolaci I - 96017 Noto

    This gently sloping street terminates at the top end with the Montevergini church, its attractive curving façade enclosed by two bell towers by Sinatra. On both sides of the street stand attractive Baroque palaces, including the Palazzo Nicolaci di V..

  • 6 Eloro

    Archaeological and historical sites

    SS 432 I - 96017 Eloro

    When you visit this magnificent site by the sea, you will immediately come to the stoà, a portico which marked the entrance to the sacred precinct. A sanctuary dedicated to Demeter once stood here. Note also the cavea of a theatre, the foundations of..

  • 7 Piazza dell'Immacolata

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Immacolata I - 96017 Noto

    A statue of the Virgin stands at the centre of this square, flanked by the monastery of Santissimo Salvatore with a curved façade, the convent of Sta Chiara with attractive bulging grilles in wrought iron and of course the church of San Francesco all..

  • 8 Piazza XVI Maggio

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza XVI Maggio I - 96017 Noto

    This square is dominated by the elegant curving façade of the church of San Domenico by Gagliardi. Its vigorous lines are accentuated by the upswept columns which bring together the two orders separated by a high cornice. In front of the church is th..

  • 9 Via Cavour

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Cavour I - 96017 Noto

    Parallel to Corso Vittorio Emanuele, this elegant street is flanked by interesting buildings, including the Palazzo Astuto (attractive balconies with bulging balustrades), and the Palazzo Trigona Cannicarao. Beyond this palace is Via Coffa, giving ac..

  • 10 Old Noto

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Cavour I - 96017 Noto

    Prior to the terrible earthquake of 1693, the old city stood astride the line of the Alveria crest flanked by two deep gorges. The Porta Aurea provides access to the town whose once lively streets are now overgrown with vegetation. Here and there amo..

  • 11 Villa Romana del Tellaro

    Archaeological and historical sites

    S 115 I - 96017 Eloro

    Excavations have led to the discovery of the remains of a Roman villa (dating back to the 2nd half of the 4C), the decoration of which was probably just as sumptuous as the Roman Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina. Archaeologists have unearthed the ..

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