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Noto Things to Do

  • Lido di Noto

    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...

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  • La Cattedrale di San Nicolo

    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...

    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,...

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  • Noto Infiorata

    The third weekend in May every year the city of Noto is home to the colourful street of flower 'mosaics'; pictures made out of flower petals and seeds.17 / 18 / 19 May 2013

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  • Leonardi da Vinci Machines Exhibition...

    An Exhibition of Genius5 April 2013 - 30 June 2013Opening hours: Closed Monday0930 - 1300 & 1700 - 2000Interesting exhibition

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  • Theatre Performances in Noto

    Teatro Vittorio Emanuele di NotoBooking for the performances is available online or at the Ticket Office at the Theatre at the following times:0930 - 1200 & 1530 - 1700It 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

    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...

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

    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...

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  • Cathedral of Noto

    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...

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  • Church of San Domenico

    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

    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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  • 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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    by rosata Updated Aug 11, 2013

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    A bar used by locals and tourists off the main street, my very favourite bar in Noto.

    Good for espresso, pastries, cakes, brioche, savoury pies, arancini.

    Excellent for aperitivo and snacks.

    Always a treat.

    Closes every afternoon 1400 - 1600.

    Closed Wednesdays

    The bar closes in March for a couple of weeks for holiday.

    Favorite Dish: The gelato choice today was

    Mandarin, Strawberry, Chocolate, Pistachio, Stracchiatella, Lemon, Chocolate with orange, Hazelnut, Almond, Ricotta.

    Today on a hot day the granita di gelsi was delicious. Other choices for granita were cioccolato, mandorla, caffe, limone, fragola, mandarino, pistacchio, gelsi.

    Granita: some €2.50. some €3.00
    Brioche: €1.00

    This Dolceria Bar is famous for gelati and also for dolci di mandorla (almond cakes and sweets), cassata with ricotta, chocolate and candied fruit, and torrone (nougat).

    Caffe macchiato was excellent, 80 cents.

    My usual drink is caffe macchiato which is an espresso with a small amount of frothy milk.
    I ask for a glass of water too.
    I actually prefer cappuccino but to save the pennies for gelato, I take a macchiato instead.
    That applies to all bars/cafes not just here.

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Noto Transportation

  • Parking in Noto Alta

    Arriving in Noto Alta by car we park under the trees on the right of the photo on the way up to the centro - before the Town Gate. On the left are public gardens and to the left of the gardens is the bus station. Under the trees the parking is free. We drive in from the bottom of the trees at the right of the road signs and park in the first...

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  • Travel to Noto

    Noto is in the Province of Siracusa, and can be reached in about 40 minutes from the larger town. Two different bus companies operate on the route: AST (from Siracusa's Riva della Posta) and Interbus (from Via Trieste). Both buses also stop in Siracusa at the Foro Siracusano (buy tickets at the newsstand by the bus stop).Noto's principal bus stop...

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Noto Off The Beaten Path

  • Spiaggia di Calabernardo

    This beach is situated nearly 8 kilometres from the hilltop town of Noto and round the bay/corner from Avola (east) and the main beach resort of Noto, Lido di Noto, (west).Calabernardo is also called Borgo Marino Balata as it is in Contrada Balata. It is also referred to as Noto Marina.The River Asinaro meets the sea at the point where the beach is...

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  • landscape between Noto and Noto antica

    Those grassy slopes, large soft shapes of stones and fences of stone put one on another very tight - that makes it interesting landscape between Noto and Noto Antica. Make a short ride out of city on road almost deserted. It's worth to stop for while.In the bottom of hills there are green trees, by small river or stream. Water! What a difference...

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  • Organic farm near Noto

    There's place called 'Terra di Pace' or Land of Peace: it's organic farm in the rural part of Noto municipality, in a very pleasant landscape full of the lemon and olive trees on the slope. We visited it on overcast day in September and were guidied around the farm by the owner. We didn't make the appointment in advance so we hoped it will be...

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