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The city of Noto as it appears today is the one that took shape after the terrible earthquake of 1693 that destroyed most of the cities of eastern Sicily. Highly talented architects and artists were involved in the reconstruction, and in the design and construction of the new buildings they followed the dominant artistic trend of the time: the Baroque. This process involved Noto, but also Ragusa, Modica, Scicli, Avola, Ispica and Catania. The reconstructed churches and palaces of these cities have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2002: Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto. To see how the city looked like before the terrible earthquake, it is necessary to go to the Archaeological Park of Noto Antica. Among the aristocratic buildings of the new town, Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata stands out, whose decorated balconies are among the highest expressions of 18th century Sicilian Baroque. Via Nicolaci, the street overlooking the palace, becomes the protagonist of the Infiorata di Noto every year. The territory of Noto includes the Natural Reserve of Vendicari, an authentic paradise for bird-watchers, but also for those who love the sea. Among the most beautiful beaches are Calamosche Beach, Eloro Beach and San Lorenzo Beach. Inside the Vendicari Reserve it is also possible to visit the remains of an ancient tuna fishery.


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