In the southeast, this small town was reestablished in the 1700s. It is the hub and starting point of a visit to the valley of Sicilian Baroque. After 10 years of hard work, the cathedral was raised to perfection and rebuilt again.
Let’s get it right. Enter the city from the east. Pass under the Arco di Trionfo, which will take you to Corso Vittorio Emuele, the heart and soul of Noto. Ferdinand de Bourbon did the same in 1838, inaugurating this monument. Three symbolic sculptures are visible at the top: A crenelated tower represents power, a dog signifies loyalty, and a pelican symbolizes sacrifice.
This royal gate was also built using the same golden yellow limestone that was used to build the palaces and churches of the city. Because of its flexibility, it is a unique limestone that can be used to cut intricate monuments. It also emits a strong light. This warm color blends with the sun to create an atmosphere that captures your heart when the sun goes down.
Take a stroll along this street. The Church of Saint Francis Immaculate is located on the top of a steep staircase to your right. The church was built in the 1700s and has a single nave. It is decorated with white stuccoes in rococo style. A Franciscan monastery is attached to the church.
You will find many other churches along your journey. You will be able to see that Noto was built following a strong earthquake. This gave architects the freedom to create stunning urban settlements. To ensure that the sun always lights up the roads , they are oriented from east to west. They were also designed to address the three main social classes. The Corso was designated for the clergy while the upper portion was for the nobility while the lower part was for people. You will see many churches on your way to Corso Vittorio Emuele.
On the left side of this corso is the Church of Santa Chiara. It displays a delicate baroque style. The interior is oval and small, and decorated with stuccoes or cherubs. The twelve columns balance it well. You can continue on to the adjacent cloistered monastery. It is an intriguing world and offers beautiful views from the terrace.