Val di Noto

Val di Noto
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Church of Holy Souls of Purgatory, Ragusa, constructed in the latter half of the 18th century
Official nameLate Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily)
LocationSicily, Italy
Inscription2002 (26th Session)
Area112.79 ha (0.4355 sq mi)
Buffer zone305.8 ha (1.181 sq mi)
Coordinates36°53′35.5″N 15°4′8.1″E / 36°53′35.5″N 15°4′8.1″E / 36.893194; 15.068917
Val di Noto is located in Sicily
Val di Noto
Location of Val di Noto in Sicily

Val di Noto (English: Province of Noto[1]) is a historical and geographical area encompassing the south-eastern third of Sicily; it is dominated by the limestone Iblean plateau. Historically, it was one of the three valli of Sicily.

Chiesa di San Domenico - Noto


The oldest recorded settlement in the Val di Noto was the ancient town of Akrai, near Palazzolo Acreide, which was founded in 664 BC. It was the first colony of the Corinthian settlement at Syracuse.

The settlements of the Val di Noto were completely destroyed by the enormous 1693 Sicily earthquake. Following the earthquake, many towns were rebuilt on entirely new sites, such as Noto and Grammichele. The rulers of the time, the kings of Spain, granted the nobleman Giuseppe Lanza special authority to redesign the damaged towns, which he achieved by sympathetically designing the new towns in a baroque and renaissance style.

The new settlements were redesigned to have a town square in the centre and to spread out in a radial pattern from there. Major buildings like churches, cloisters and palaces were built as focal points for the new streets, and the streets themselves were laid out in a grid pattern. Many of the individual towns were rebuilt to have a unique character, such as the town of Grammichele which was built in a hexagonal shape with the town square in the centre, consisting of the parish and town hall.

The towns were rebuilt in what came to be known as the Sicilian Baroque style; the most notable of which is the town of Noto itself, which is now a popular tourist destination due to its fine Baroque architecture.

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