The famous city of Noto, in the province of Syracuse, is famous in Italy and in the rest of Europe for the extraordinary Baroque architecture present in every corner of the town. Is exactly for its unique beauty, the baroque of Noto has been included among the UNESCO sites that make up the Universal Heritage of Humanity. The city of Noto is indeed rich in history and has ancient origins. The first testimony in the ancient Neas (today Noto) dates back to the ninth century. B.C. and that brings together history and myth: according to tradition, in fact, the city of Noto gave birth to the Sicilian hero Ducenzio, which defended the city from the Greek-Syracusan advance. Defeated after a series of ups and downs, the powerful city of Syracuse started the annexation with Noto and the city first took the name of Neaton ("Brand new"), then Netum with the Romans and finally Noto with the Arabs. There are numerous historical and artistic beauties present in the city. Along the main street there are many squares (the first of the which is Piazza XXX Ottobre) on which stands an imposing staircase that leads up to the Church of San Francesco all'Immacolata, the work of the Sinatra. Following the Church of Santa Chiara, with attached Monastery, inside there is a Madonna with Child attributed to Gagini. Also worth seeing is the beautiful Palazzo Ducenzio, overlooking the Piazza del Municipio, whose construction was started in 1748 but completed only almost a century later. Finally, the eighteenth-century churches of San Carlo Borromeo, San Domenico and the Santissimo Crocifisso are worth a visit.

Cathedral - Noto, Siracusa

Cathedral - Noto, Siracusa (Source: Marco Fargetta - CC BY 2.0)

How to reach Noto

By car

From the city of Catania (the shortest way) to reach the center of Noto is the NSA 339 Catania-Siracusa (toll road), up to the junction with the SS 115 national road and then continue until Noto. From the city of Palermo, however, it is necessary to cover over 280 km. The recommended route from the Sicilian capital is the A19 Palermo - Catania - Syracuse motorway. From Syracuse, take the A18 motorway (Siracusa-Gela), exit at the toll booth of Noto.

By plane

The town of Noto is about 80 km from the international airport of Catania Fontanarossa. It is easily accessible by bus, taxi or through the car rental service with driver (NCC) on our website For more information see the page Catania Airport from/to Noto .

By train

From Catania's central train station (Piazza Papa Giovanni XXIII), the Catania-Syracuse line (which then continues to the city of Noto) is served by Trenitalia . To find timetables, seasonal promotions and daily trips it is advisable to visit the site of the rail transport service.

By Bus

From the central bus station of Catania and Syracuse are scheduled connections to the central bus station of Noto (Viale Principe di Piemonte) offered by the companies Sicilian Transport Company and Interbus Buses (which allows also to reach the nature reserve of Vendicari). For info and reservations it is advisable to visit the website of the companies that perform the service.

By ship or ferry

To reach the city of Noto by ship or hydrofoil from the main Italian ports it is advisable to disembark in Catania, connected with daily routes with the ports of Naples, Livorno, Cagliari and Genoa. Possible also the docking in the nearby ports of Augusta and Pozzallo with "minor" boats.

Flowers of Noto

A festival of colors, perfumes and flowers greets the spring every year in via Nicolaci, one of the most evocative and characteristic places of the city of Noto. In fact, every year, in the third Sunday in May, thousands of tourists and visitors flock to the sides of the road to admire artists at work. In fact, each master of art is assigned the day before of the event, the areas that will have the task of embellishing with figures and artistic compositions. The master has in particular the task of tracing with white lines the figures that will later be decorated from flowers and petals by collaborators and artists. So, the city of Noto in May flourishes, welcoming those who love this unique city of the Mediterranean.

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