The Baroque Cities of the Val di Noto

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Since 2002, the Val di Noto has been one of the Italian sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its splendid late Baroque cities.

Entire centres such as Caltagirone, Militello in Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa e Scicli were partly or completely rebuilt after the catastrophic earthquake of 1693, adopting the Late Baroque style that prevailed at the time. The architecture, urban planning and decoration of the palaces constitute the culmination and one of the last periods of Baroque flourishing in Europe.

That’s why a visit to the late-baroque Cities of the Val di Noto is a must on your tour of Sicily!

Noto is both the heart and the starting point of this journey of discovery into Sicilian Baroque, and its cathedral is rightly the symbol of the new renaissance of the Baroque valley. The lofty Baroque opulence of the Duomo di San Giorgio in Modica is truly breathtaking.

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