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Noto CENTRO STORICO: description, history, features
Noto, in the province of Syracuse, is a petite, Sicilian Baroque gem, splendidly set within a rocky plateau and overlooking the Asinaro Valley.
An important hub during all its phases , Sicilian, Roman, Byzantine, and Arab - it met destruction with the earthquake of 1693, at the height of its original splendor. Yet Noto found a second life in its reconstruction, and became a magnificent city of art - not to mention an eventual UNESCO World Heritage Site, that includes Caltagirone, Militello, Catania, Modica, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli.
The city's extraordinary beauty is matched by the other aforementioned cities, and thus defines the entire Val di Noto.
Such a result was perhaps more than worthy of the grand architects called in for Noto's reconstruction, almost all of them trained in Rome, the city whose Baroque architectonic style served as inspiration, but revisited. The restorations gave new life to the Valley, leaving behind jaw-dropping forms and structures that vary slightly city to city: from the dark grey, lava rock architecture of Catania to the luminous, honey-hued Baroque of Noto.
Its Medieval physiognomy - traces of the walls and castle, corresponding to old Noto - are still visible, and lie about six miles from the modern city. This Noto bears ample boulevards and piazzas with stairways leading to levels lower and higher of the city, all on a rather square-grid urban plan.
Among the principal piazzas, Piazza dell'Immacolata is fronted by the eponymous Church, while Piazza del Municipio is surrounded by four important buildings: the Palazzo Comunale, the Church of the Holy Savior (or Santissimo Salvatore, constructed 1791-1801), the Palazzo Vescovile, and the breathtaking Duomo di San Nicoḷ (finished 1771), dominating from on high a spectacular and scenographic staircase. Then, the Church of San Domenico (1727) rises over Piazza XVI Maggio, with its curvilinear facade and Dominican convent, characterized by a beautiful, rusticated portal. And the Church of the Crucifix (Crocifisso) preserves inside the Madonna della Neve or Madonna of Snows, sculpted by Francesco Laurana in 1471.
Beyond the Baroque spirit and aesthetics of the Val di Noto, ancient civilization shines just as brightly in the nearby Greek cities of Eloro, Camarina, Palazzolo Acreide (with its Greek theatre), Pantalica (with its Necropolis, also a UNESCO Site), Castelluccio (with its prehistoric village), and Tellaro (with its Roman Villa). One would do well to spend a few warm spring days discovering the area's magnificent and invaluable archaeological areas.
Still, Noto is absolutely ideal for a visit any time of year. Summer is the season to marry cultural itineraries with trips to the limpid Sicilian sea, while autumn welcomes those traveling the Val di Noto Wine Route (Strada del Vino) that passes through the six Comuni of southeastern Sicily: Palazzolo, Avola, Noto, Rosolini, Pachino and Ispica.
Historically called Neas in ancient eastern Sicily's Siculo Language, Neaton by the Greeks and Netum by the Romans, it was the Arabs who had final say on Noto's name. Indeed, the word noto has the same significance in both Italian and Arabic, and thus the city was so-named for its 'noted' beauty and grandeur.
VENDICARI and all the district of Noto are among the localities "rewarded" with the four blue sails of Legambiente again this year. This award is given after an evaluation of over 170 indicators. The parameters considered for the assignment of the sails are the quality and the cleanliness of the bathing water, the efficiency of recycling waste, the ecosustainable management of resources, the presence of pedestrian areas, the efficiency of the services, the appreciation of the landscape and local productions.
An important recognition for the town of Noto, which has been again awarded this year, is the commitment to continue preserving and protecting the beautiful territory of the wildlife oasis of Vendicari.
The natural reserve "Wildlife Oasis of Vendicari" was established in 1984 by the Sicilian Region. It's located precisely halfway between Noto and Pachino (province of Syracuse) with a territory that extends for about 1512 hectares.Inside the reserve, an entire ecosystem lives undisturbed.
You will find yourself frequently in front of breath-taking landscapes, dense vegetation that suddenly opens to a clear sea, very long and golden beaches, that in a few hundred meters become rocky cliffs and then deep sea.From the observation cabins, you can admire Flamingos, Herons, and Storks that hang here before reaching the definitive migratory destinations.
The Vendicari Nature Reserve was planned by a law of the Region of Sicily in 1981, but it was officially established in 1984, after numerous struggles of environmental groups and many bureaucratic steps.
The history of the reserve has very ancient origins. Various archaeological and architectural statements are from the establishment of the man since the Greek era.
Some ruins from Hellenistic Age:
South of Eloro, not far from the beach Marianelli, there are some quarries (stone quarries) of the 5th century BC used in the ancient Greek city of Eloro for the construction of temples and monuments.
By the sea, not far from the Sveva Tower, there are tanks for tuna processing, next to which a small necropolis was also discovered.
Inside the reserve, even a portion of the ancient via Elorina is visible, the connecting road between the colony of Eloro and Syracuse.
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