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Come to stylish Noto to admire fine 18th-century architecture, dine on Sicilian delicacies and mingle with locals in palace-lined squares.

Set into a foothill of the Iblean Mountains, Noto is a showcase for Baroque architecture. It was redesigned after an earthquake in 1693. Walk through its center to see classical gardens, ornate fountains and a wealth of palaces, churches and mansions.

The best way to enter Noto is via Corso Vittorio Emanuele. This street is lined with sublime churches, palaces and beautiful old houses. Make your way down the street toward the center to reach the Piazza Municipio. Here you will find the highest concentration of attractions. On the north side, admire the wide, limestone façade of the Cathedral of Noto. Explore the airy interior to discover superb frescoes and a sculpture by the artist, Giacomo Gaggini.

Several palaces surround the piazza, but the Ducezio Palace, with its classical columns and high arches, stands out. The building is now used as the town hall; see its exquisite murals on the interior walls. The Nicolaci di Villadorata Palace is another highlight. The building is empty of furnishings but the rich colors of the brocaded walls and intricate murals give a vivid insight into the life of the Sicilian nobles who once lived here.

Stop in a café overlooking the square; then explore the surrounding streets. To the south, you will find the Church of Santa Chiara, featuring a lavish Baroque interior and great views over the town from the rooftop terrace.

Many say Noto looks best in the evening, when the sand-colored buildings seem to glow in the dimming light. Then you will see local residents making their way into bars and restaurants lining the squares. Follow suit and treat yourself to a plate of fine Sicilian cuisine.

Noto is located 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Syracuse. Regular public buses connect the towns. You can easily explore the area in a day, but if the stylish charm of the buildings seduces you, many accommodation options are within easy walking distance of the main square.

Top hotels in Noto

Hotel Club Eloro
Hotel Club Eloro
4 out of 5
Contrada Pizzuta, Noto Marina, Noto, Siracusa

Situated in Noto, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eloro Beach and Vendicari Natural Reserve. Spiaggia di Lido di Noto and Eloro Archaeological ...

3.4/5 (16 reviews)
Todo incluido pero sin bebidas !

"Solo fuimos para una noche y fue muy bueno. La cena no era muy siciliana / italiana pero era comestible, cena y desayuno tipo bufé. El hotel estaba pensado para turistas norteños y no para italianos/españoles. Te hacen pagar 7€ por la pulsera pero las bebidas no están incluidas."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019

Hotel Club Eloro
Antico Borgo Villa Giulia
Antico Borgo Villa Giulia
4 out of 5

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Vendicari Natural Reserve and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from San Lorenzo Beach. Lido Agua Beach and Spiaggia ...

4.2/5Excellent! (42 reviews)
excellent stay

"Excellent hotel, location, and service. Would highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2020

Antico Borgo Villa Giulia
Hotel Club Helios
Hotel Club Helios
3 out of 5
viale Lido, Noto, SR

Nestled on the beach, this Noto hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eloro Beach and Vendicari Natural Reserve. Spiaggia di Lido di Noto and Eloro Archaeological Site ...

3.5/5Good! (8 reviews)

"Das Personal war sehr freundlich und immer bereit unsere Wünsche zu verwirklichen. Hotel gerade am Strand und"…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2020

Hotel Club Helios
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Noto

Camping Fiori di Noto
Camping Fiori di Noto
The price is £265 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Situated in Noto, this campsite is within 2 miles (3 km) of Church of Madonna del Carmine, Vittorio Emanuele Theater and Museum of the Nativity. Church of San ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"Prachtige camping met fruitbomen. Heel fijn koppel die de camping runt. Gezellige gemeenschappelijke ruimte om te koken en te barbecuen."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2019

Camping Fiori di Noto
Villa del Carmen Casa de Vacaciones
Villa del Carmen Casa de Vacaciones
Contrada Pizzuta Carcicera SNC, Noto, Provincia di Siracusa

Situated near the beach, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eloro Beach and Vendicari Natural Reserve. Spiaggia di Lido di Noto and Marianelli Beach ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"Casa carina e confortevole. Mare bellissimo raggiungibile in auto in 5 minuti. In pochi minuti si raggiunge anche Noto"…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2020

Villa del Carmen Casa de Vacaciones
Agua Beach Residence
Agua Beach Residence
1 out of 5
Viale Miramare - San Lorenzo, Noto

Situated in Noto, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lido Agua Beach and San Lorenzo Beach. Vendicari Natural Reserve is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) ...

Agua Beach Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Noto

Cathedral of Noto
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Cathedral of Noto

4.5/5(46 reviews)

Even in a city full of superb Baroque architecture, this superb cathedral stands out.

Porta Reale
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Porta Reale

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Noto Historic Centre when you spend time at Porta Reale. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

Ducezio Palace
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Ducezio Palace

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the hall of mirrors, browse priceless religious paintings and marvel at the stylish Baroque architecture of this former palace.

Top things to do in Noto

Full-Day Sicily Between hGreek & Baroque Beauty from Catania
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Full-Day Sicily Between hGreek & Baroque Beauty from Catania

£103
Per adult
Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto
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Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto

£80
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Syracuse Tour
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Syracuse Tour

£41
Per adult

Reviews of Noto

4.6

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Verified traveller

17 Jul 2019

It’s like walking around a film set, the town is so breathtakingly beautiful. It’s pretty lively at night, when the locals promenade up and down the main thoroughfare. Plenty of restaurants, bars and shops between the legions of churches and palaces

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Jul 2019

Highly recommend

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Verified traveller

28 Apr 2019

Noto is a historic baroque town, but tricky to drive and park, and quite touristy.

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