Hotels to remember: Noto

Noto: introduction

Noto Hotel

A piazza bordered by supremely elegant palazzi built in a warm-colored stone of soft pink and golden yellow hues. An imposing flight of steps leading up to a majestic cathedral. Any number of incredibly ornate façades, typical of the Baroque period. This is Noto, Sicilian town in the province of Siracusa, declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO, in recognition of its immense beauty.

The origins of the town, once known as Neas, go back to long before the Greeks and Romans arrived here, and centuries before the Arabs gave it the name of Noto. What is certain is that in 1693, the town fell victim to a devastating earthquake which completely destroyed the whole urban center. Strangely enough, this tragic episode proved to be Noto's greatest fortune - leading to the representative of the Spanish Viceroy, the Duke of Camastra, deciding to completely rebuild the town in grandiose Baroque style.

The local stone used to build the churches and palazzi, of a quite unique pink color with a distinctly golden glow has added to the uniqueness of this Sicilian town. Rosario Gagliardi was the architect responsible for many of Noto's most highly-appraised edifices, including the Churches of Santa Chiara and San Domenico; buildings which, alongside the cathedral, Palazzo Vescovile, Palazzo Ducezio and Palazzo Landolina, face on to the town's main piazza.

Itineraries and travel ideas

Noto: suggestions from the hotels

Villadorata

Guest Houses

Adriana Della Luna

(Receptionist)

Noto is located in a strategic position to visit the Baroque towns of south- eastern Sicily. Syracuse is a 20 drive; Scicli and Modica... (Villadorata) →

Le Case dello Zodiaco

Historical Residences

Claudia Origoni

(Proprietario)

Experience the ancient and authentic Sicily, at the heart of Val di Noto. UNESCO world heritage site with 5 other sites in a 30km radius.... (Le Case dello Zodiaco) →

Hotel La Moresca

4 Star Hotels

Carlomaria

(Direttore)

Carlomaria

Come and touch the true Sicily. Just do a jump in the past and in the beauty of this almost unknown province so unique ... history,... (Hotel La Moresca) →

Noto: places to see in the area