The Sicilian Town of Noto

Sicilian baroque architecture is at its best in the town of Noto in Sicily’s South East corner.

Years after the devastating earthquake of 1693 destroyed the region, the town was rebuilt sixteen kilometres from its original position.  At this time baroque architecture was in fashion and the Sicilians interpreted it their way.

This baroque architecture led to Noto, along with seven other towns in the area, being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.


If you walk along the main street of Noto, Corso Vittorio Emanuel, you will see many fine examples. The pink stone that was used in the rebuilding gives them a special glow and a commanding presence.

Chieso di San Nicolo in Noto

The Chieso di San Nicolo…the Cathedral


The Palazzo Ducezio in Noto

The Palazzo Ducezio…now the Town Hal




But it is in the side streets on the smaller buildings that the architects have gone to town adding gargoyles, grinning masks, putti, scrolls, jutting cornices , curved balconies and wrought iron trims to everything they could.

Palazzo Nicolaci Di Villadorata with its famous wrought iron balconies

Palazzo Nicolaci Di Villadorata with its famous wrought iron balconies

Sicilian baroque features in Noto

Sicilian baroque features in the streets of Noto


Have you visited any of the other baroque towns in Sicily?


Other posts you may enjoy reading:
Going for Baroque in Sicily
Salina’s Caper Festival
The Black Pigs of the Nebrodi
A Morning Making Cheese and Ricotta


This post is part of the 2014 A to Z Challenge You can read all the posts on my theme “Off the Beaten Track”  here 




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20 Responses to The Sicilian Town of Noto

  1. Ann April 16, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    I love when places I’ve never heard of before have a majestic feel to them. Especially that they do that even in smaller streets. I miss buildings with ornamentation in Germany.

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      It’s a gorgeous little town and great that most of the main buildings are in the one area. Te Sicilians certainly took Baroque architecture over the top, didn’t they!

  2. Karen (Back Road Journal) April 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    I have a friend who lives in Italy and gives tours of Sicily. She keeps telling me I should visit and from your photos, I think I agree.

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

      You should visit Karen. It’s a fabulous island with so much to see and do.And the food is fabulous!!

  3. Contented Traveller April 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Lovely post, and a delightful town

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      Thank you. It’s a great town to remember if you’re flying out of Malpensa the next day.

  4. Shereen April 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    Italy has always been a place to visit on my bucket list. The unique intricate architecture can really bring out a city’s history and culture.

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

      This corner of Sicily is famous for their baroque architecture. YOu’ll love Italy..I hope it’s not long until you can visit this amazing country.

  5. Amy April 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    I’ve never made it down to Sicily but this town looks fascinating. I’ll be sure to add it in next time in the area.

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

      Sicily is definitely worth a visit Amy. It’s a fascinating island…so much history, so much to see and fabulous food. What’s not to love!

  6. Anabel April 16, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    I’ve wanted to go to Sicily for years – but hadn’t heard of this town. Thanks.

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

      This little corner of Sicily is one of the gems Anabel. There’s quite a few baroque towns in the area…all stunning!

  7. Corinne April 17, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Beautiful! I love Sicily.

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

      Thanks Corinne. It’s fabulous isn’t it!

  8. Krista April 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    I’ve never been to Sicily but one of my friends lives there and I can’t wait to explore it one day. 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      Ooh..lucky you having a friend there Krista. You definitely should go and visit.

  9. Muza-chan April 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Beautiful city…

    • Jenny Freedman April 19, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

      Thanks Lili. It certainly is.

  10. Chris Boothman April 18, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Sicily is a part of Italy that I would really love to experience. The small town of Noto that you have highlighted here appears to be an excellent choice for first time visitors to the region with so much beautiful architecture and the gorgeous cathedral. Of course, the majority of Italy in general is similar to this so it’s a win, win situation if you visit this particular spot! Great choice for letter N, thanks for sharing these awesome images with us.

  11. Jerry E. Beuterbaugh April 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    “A taste of Travel” has been included in Friday’s Sites To See for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point many new visitors in your direction.

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