The city of Noto, entirely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1963, is the most Baroque city in Sicily, due to the mastery of artists, such as Gagliardi, Babisi, and Sinatra.
What makes it even more unique is the particular type of stone that was used in reconstructing the buildings, “sandstone tuff”, its characteristic being the golden color it takes on, similar to that of honey, when it comes into contact with sunlight.
This has made the city of Noto even more magical and evocative and, along with other marvelous cities in the valley, it has been included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cathedral of Noto can be considered a tried and true “gem”, one of the main symbols of Sicilian Baroque.
The scenographic effect of the Church, with its extraordinary architectural beauty and elegance, is amplified by a grand eighteenth century staircase that connects the Church with the Palazzo Ducrezio that houses the Town Hall.
The Town Hall Square owes its beauty not only to the Cathedral and the Palazzo Ducrezio, but also to the Church of the Blessed Savior (Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore).
However, the Baroque of Noto is not only found in its buildings and churches, but also in its urban fabric, its balconies, and its fountains, so much so as to “bewitch” those who visit it for the first time.