"vibrant evenings in Noto" Noto by picek

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Streets and stairways filled with people on warm evening, Noto becomes busy and lively after siesta. Many people come to sit down at this huge stair case in front of cathedral. Walk the corso and take a seat for your glass of wine, it is always pleasant to watch the streets full of life from street level.

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The area of Iblean mountains was populated since prehistoric times. In 8th century BC Noto Antica was founded on ancient site which is some 13 km from present Noto by Siculi peoples. On this site you can see few ruins but not much though. Only later, after devastating earthquake in 1693 the city was reborn from nothing on nearby Meti Hill. Old Noto was reffered as Netium.

From ancient period there are remains by Greek such as wall, gymnasium and heroa worship place. Very few things were found from Roman era. During Arab times Noto had flourishing economy and town was administrative centre of Noto Valley. In that time they built strong fortress which remains can be visited on the archaeological site of Noto Antica. In 1091 Noto surreded to Normans and florished further.

New Noto therefore grew closer to Ionain coast, yet its place dominates the area on the hill from where they could control the views. It has been mainly rebuilt in baroque style - the main architects at that time were Roberto Gagliardi and Vicenzo Sinatra. During reconstruction they remained loyal to native materials and style.

Earthquakes continue to shake Sicilian soil - it is the fate they have to live with. Once again in 1990 earthquake there was serious damage in the old buildings and as a consequence the dome of Noto cathedral had collapsed after 6 years. It was long and expensive reconstruction but you can nowsadays admire the dome -with its form being similar to the old one.

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  • Last visit to Noto: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Jan 26, 2010
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Vesna, I have never heard about Noto before, but it seems to have some well worth seeing buildings.

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Nekaj dni bivanja na podezelju, na taksnile farmi kot je Terra dei Pace, se pa vedno prileze, da ne omenjam bio pridelkov iz domacega vrta :) Tudi sama sem na Siciliji kampirala, najlepse mi je bilo v enem 'agriturismo & camping' v Enni. Ahh, Sicilia...

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