Noto, Capital of the Baroque

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My dear darlings,

I bet you constantly feel that call for adventures. When it becomes unbearable, booking an airplane ticket ought to be the cure, right?

This year I was extremely happy to be taken to Sicilia by my wonderful mom as a birthday gift. That’s how I conquered that very call I mentioned earlier. Not only had I the chance to discover Italy’s most beautiful treasures, but also got an inspiration for many upcoming stories. Stay tuned for I would love to share them with you.

It all started with our landing in Catania, but the true daylight experience began the next day, when we arrived in Noto. This Italian city earned its name as the Capital of the Baroque in Europe. No doubt, its architecture, streets, atmosphere and heritage are the living evidence of a true time travel to the Baroque years.

The most impressive and emblematic building, of course, should be erected in the heart of the city. Right on Piazza del Municipio looking across each other stand Cattedrale di San Nicolò di Mira and the town hall Ducezio Palace. I would let you do a full tour round the city, so that you can decide which building will make it to your top favorite spot.  Meanwhile, I would love to admire the vast steps in front of Saint Nichola, wondering if they represent the ultimate challenge to visit a sacred place.

Cattedrale di San Nicolò di Mira

A short walk away I stopped to take another shot overlooking the Memorial to the fallen in the First World War situated in front of another fascinating façade, the one of Palazzo Landolina di Sant’ Alfano.

Palazzo Landolina di Sant’ Alfano and the Memorial

Chiesa di San Domenico is what makes me catch my breath next in my time travel. The limestone used makes me think of sand castles everywhere I look. I start to yearn for a rooftop view.

Chiesa San Domenico

Luckily, visitors can climb up the tower bell of Chiesa di San Carlo al Corso for 2 Euro. The view of the baroque skyline is as vast as 360°. My camera is able to catch just a glimpse of it. It is so much worth it to experience it live. I wholeheartedly wish that to come true to you, dear reading explorers.

View from Chiesa di San Domenico bell tower

On our way back I stopped in Via Nicolaci. If you happen to catch it during Infiorata the Flower Festival in Noto, the colorful experience would be sublime. Meanwhile, throughout the year this street looks like this.

Via Nicolaci

Nevertheless, exploring the streets of Noto in a flowerless season can turn up to be a discovery of wonderful pieces of street art.

Noto Street Art

All this beauty is flooding our minds and souls with more inspiration to travel. A desire is born to return in the Capital of the Baroque in another season. Just bear in mind, dears, should you follow our advice avoid the heat of the summer. It’s truly HOT! Best time would be springtime or autumn.

See you soon. Our Italian journey has just begun.

Saluti,

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