Noto: what to see in the garden of stone, Sicilian Baroque


What to see in Noto, history and walking tour to visit the places that make this town a true masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque.

Travel Guide Noto

Known town in Sicily in the province of Siracusa, a UNESCO European Capital of Baroque. Art historian Cesare Brandi loved to call it a rock garden, as built and harmoniously carved using the soft local stone white, that the action of the weather made ​​with golden shades of pink.

Known, as it is today, is the result of a reconstruction took place after the destruction of the city, caused by the disastrous earthquake of 1693. After that event Giuseppe Lanza Duke of Camastra was appointed vicar general of the Val di Noto and it was decided to revive the Noto in a larger than the last, located 8 km further downstream on the slope of Mount Meti.
Participated in the implementation of the development plan of the city various personalities including the Jesuit between Angelo Italy, the military architect Giuseppe Formenti, the Dutch military engineer Carlos de Grunenbergh and mathematician Netino Giovanni Battista Landolina.

Local artists and brilliant architects as Paul Labisi, Rosario Gagliardi, Vincenzo Sinatra and Antonio Mazza, dealt with the construction of churches, monasteries and palaces, creating a superb set design by studying finishes and decorations, such as pot-bellied wrought iron balconies , cherubs and gargoyles, connecting streets and stairways in magnificent perspective effects.

The Cathedral of Noto, which was initiated and completed in a decade, between 1694 and 1703, is a magnificent example of Sicilian Baroque interior with three aisles are kept numerous works of art, including the ‘ silver urn where the relics of St. Conrad of Piacenza.

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