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    Al Fico D'India Pasticceria Bar

    by rosata Updated May 14, 2014
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    This is a Cafe / Pasticceria / Bar / Gelateria just a couple of minutes walk down from the main tourist area of Noto Alta.

    It is a favourite spot for coffee, granita, cornetto (croissant), brioche when visiting Noto.

    Today I bought 2 strawberry granitas (granita di fragola) at €2.50 each, 2 brioche at €1 each and one caffe and one caffe macchiato at €0.80 each with two beakers of water.

    Excellent place for breakfast or afternoon tea. Their ricotta cornetto, well ricotta ones are my favourite but you may prefer the crema, marmellata, cioccolato or nutella, are delicious in the morning and we have been there when a new batch has just been made. We have seen a good selection of small cakes, meringues, gateaux and sometimes frutta martorana but not all the time, in fact, they don't always have exactly the same thing the next visit. I haven't tried the gelato yet but it is tempting.

    See the price list on my photo for a list of the food on sale.

    You can see the bakers working in the back of the shop when you sit outside. It is good to know the products are made on the premises.

    Outdoor rear patio seating, Disabled access through the side gate, Ladies and gents toilets, Local newspaper to read

    Opening times :
    07:00 - 13:15 and 15:00 - 20:30 Daily

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    Noto Infiorata

    by rosata Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    During the third weekend in May every year, the city of Noto is home to the colourful street of flower 'mosaics'; which are pictures made out of flower petals and seeds.

    The theme for 2014 is 'Homage or Tribute to Russia'.

    This is the date for this year with the procession on the Sunday - it is usually in the evening but I can find out the exact time for anybody who is interested :

    16 / 17 / 18 May 2014

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    Lido di Noto

    by rosata Updated Oct 29, 2013

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    Lido di Noto is the beach resort for Noto. It is an ideal beach for families with children as the sea is beautiful and generally calm in summer with shallow water and gentle shelving. In the summer season some of the lido offer water sports which can be undertaken for a fee.

    Some of beach is sectioned off as lido or paying - you enter through the cafe/bar and pay your fee to use the sun bed, sun shade and whatever facilities are included. Some of the beach is free and this section is without facilities.

    You will find many mobile transport variations and stalls selling everything you could possibly need to keep cool and enjoy the beach.

    It has its own selection of hotels, B & Bs and holiday apartments, most of which are only open in summer season.

    There are lots of bars and places to eat and buy snacks and there is plenty of parking some of which is free. There are restaurants and pizzerias but by mid September they were mostly closed.

    Like a lot of seaside resorts it has a long, cocoa palm lined promenade which is great for walking and cycling and socialising with benches for sitting at regular intervals.

    I'll redo my photographs in the future!

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    La Cattedrale di San Nicolo

    by rosata Updated Oct 11, 2013

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    The Duomo of Noto has undergone an extensive renovation programme on the exterior and interior and with work being carried out behind the altar at the moment.

    The Roman Catholic cathedral building is in the style of Sicilian Baroque.

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    Take a Taste of Sicily Back Home with You

    by rosata Updated Oct 1, 2013

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    Lovely little shop selling all the tasty foodstuffs in jars and sealed packages.

    Good for fish and vegetable products in jars and vacuum sealed packs.

    I see they also mail order.

    The main outlet for the supplies is in Marzamemi, a little fishing town with a very lively summer season, popular with the Sicilians.

    If you need any help with translation, don't hesitate to ask, I always need the practice!

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    Theatre Performances in Noto

    by rosata Updated May 14, 2013

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    Teatro Vittorio Emanuele di Noto

    Booking for the performances is available online or at the Ticket Office at the Theatre at the following times:

    0930 - 1200 & 1530 - 1700

    It is possible to have a viewing of the Theatre for a fee when there is no performance - I can't remember how much it was, possibly €5.

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    Palazzo Ducezio, seat of government

    by picek Written Jan 26, 2010

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    minicipal hall, all shining like gold medal

    Back in Piazza del Municipio or the main square at Corso, you will not miss the seat of government building, Palazzo Ducezio in Italian.
    This one storey building has elegant facade with row of columns and flight of stairs in its centre. Its classical style has been designed by Sinatra (one of the main architects to rebuilt Noto after eathquake in 1693); it appears serious and orderly, with main architectural elements arranged in equal proportions - and if you look at any architecture, demands of elite are always reflected in appropriate styles. Its upper elevation has been added in 1950ies.

    In evenings youngsters occupy its balconies, and people sit down on the stairs to face the cathedral on opposite side from good observation point...

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    Garden by corso, in front of C. di San Domenico

    by picek Written Jan 26, 2010

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    Here at Piazza XVI Maggio in the last section of corso you will notice fine public garden Viletta d'Ercole with statues and fountain named after Heracles dating back to 17th century. Most vegetation here is arranged in geometrical patterns and trimmed neatly in high fence. Few palm trees, pimes and oleander just add more Mediterranean feel in the landscape, an are all atriculated around the fountain. Here an there local bushes will stan out from behin these fences and in evenings, men will sith on the benches in front of garden and talk.

    The church 'Chiesa di San Domenico' that stands above on the terrace has been build by Gagliardi and it is another fine baroque achitecture of Noto - with elegant convex facade, tall set of columns by each side of door making it appear more dynamic within square grid.
    On the opposite to garden there's theatre building.

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    Cathedral of Noto

    by picek Written Jan 6, 2010

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    Busiest street in Noto is Corso Vittorio Emanuele and here you'll find some true architectural jewels built in baroque fashion after devastating earthquaqe in 1693.

    Main expression of Noto baroque architecture is Cathedral at Piazza Municipio; its main facade contains classical details and has two bell towers. It was completed in 1770'ies probably under architect Gagliardi - construction peroid extend from 1703 - 1776. There is impressive three ramp staircase in front of cathedral which gets busy in evenings when people sit down and relax. It is good place here to watch activity on corso.

    Cathedral's original dome collapsed in 1996, 6 years after another earthquaqe shaked Noto and has been restored in similar style and material - it can be perfeclty seen from behind of building so make sure you take narrow streets towards the hilltop to catch some wonderful views.

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    Church of San Francesco

    by Polly74 Written Apr 26, 2004
    Church of San Francesco

    The neo-classical church and convent of the Holy Savior dates from 1703, the Church of San Francesco from 1745, the latter at the top of a splendid wide stairway whose steps curve all the way up to the entrance.

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    Leonardi da Vinci Machines Exhibition ENDED

    by rosata Updated May 14, 2013

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    An Exhibition of Genius

    5 April 2013 - 30 June 2013

    Opening hours: Closed Monday

    0930 - 1300 & 1700 - 2000

    Interesting exhibition

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    Church of San Domenico

    by Polly74 Written Apr 26, 2004
    San Domenico Church

    In Piazza XVI Maggio you will find the Church of San Domenico, with its elegant curving facade built in 1727 by the architect Gagliardi.

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    The Town Hall

    by Polly74 Written Apr 26, 2004
    Town Hall

    Noted for its elegant portico, the Town Hall, known as Palazzo Ducezio, was built in the Neo-Classical style in 1746 to plans by Vincenzo Sinatra.

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