Noto is a little jewel of Sicilian Baroque. UNESCO heritage site since 2002, the city was entirely rebuilt after 1693’s earthquake in a late Roman Baroque style, with wide parallel streets that run from east to west to be lit by the sun from sunrise to sunset. Three big stunning churches with their staircases overlook the three squares of Piazza Immacolata, Piazza Municipio and Piazza XVI Maggio.
In the heart of Vendicari Nature Reserve lies an 8km stretch of golden sand dunes, lagoons, cliffs and hidden bays. There are no sun loungers, bars or water sports and no crowds. A truly wonderful place to swim and well-suited to families but be sure to take anything you might need including water with you.
Marina di Modica
Here you will find a beautiful sandy beach which is great for swimming, and many sand dunes. In the high season there are many activities restaurants, cafes, shops and ice-cream parlours.
The beach of Fontane Bianche, about 15 km from the centre of the city, is named after the many natural spring water found in the area. The beach is a long stretch of fine sand surrounded by luxuriant vegetation and a very popular tourist hotspot.
Infiorata di Noto is one of the most impressive exhibitions of the art of decoration with flowers. During the third weekend of May, every year, several artists work to create carpets and pictures made of flowers along Via Corrado Nicolaci. The breath-taking show includes the creation of about 30 paintings that revolve around a different theme each year.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Val di Noto
Drive around the late Baroque towns of the Val di Noto. The valley holds a series of picturesque towns composed almost entirely of Baroque churches, palaces and house - a must see for architectural and historical enthusiasts.
Cavagrande del Cassibile
Located few kilometres from the little town of Avola, Cavagrande del Cassibile it’s a huge nature reserve that surrounds the canyon formed by the little Cassibile river. The Canyon is about 10 Km long and has steep stone walls and fresh little lakes located at the base, where it is possible to have a bath.
Mulino ad Acqua – Museo Cavallo d’Ispica
A beautiful original watermill exhibit from the early 18th century - open every day and night visits are also available to pre-book.