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From the Hellenic period to the Baroque, in the Val di Noto, in Sicily

Booking your holiday at San Carlo Suites, located in Noto, in the province of Syracuse in Sicily, you will learn about the history and the great artistic and cultural heritage of this beautiful region.


The city of Noto, is one of the symbols of Sicilian Baroque. The city offers many amazing places of historical and cultural interest.

The Cathedral of San Nicolò, whose construction began in 1694 and ended in 1703, is an example of late Baroque style. In addition, the staircase, formed by three ramps dating back to the 18th century, increase the beauty of the building.

In Via Corrado Nicolaci you can visit Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata. A large portal flanked by 2 Ionic columns characterizes the façade in Baroque style. Here, every year takes place the Infiorata.

Another monument to visit in Noto is Villa Tellaro. Discovered during the archaeological excavations in 1971, the villa dates back to the late Roman Empire and is located to the right side of the Tellaro river.

Noto Cathedral


The Church of San Sebastiano is one of the most important monuments in Palazzolo. The interior of the Church is formed by a single nave and chapels on both sides.

The Ancient Greek Theater is located in the archaeological area of ​​Akrai. The theater is small in dimensions and has the typical circular orchestral station.


In Ortigia you can visit the Castle of Maniace. It is a massive building with a square base of 51m on the side and 12m of height. The facade of the Castle faces Ortigia, while the sides, in the past overlooking the sea, are now embanked by two buttresses.

Another important symbol of the city is the Temple of Apollo. It is 58m long and 25m wide, and is the oldest Doric style temple of the Greek West.


In Modica, the Cathedral of Saint George has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The church is a symbol of Baroque influence in Sicilian architecture and stands out for the tower façade that is 62 m height and has an iron cross on the spire.

Together with the Cathedral, the Castle of the Counts of Modica is the second most famous monument in the city. Built on top of a hill, the Castle was once a center of political power, later it was used as a prison.

Modica Cathedral


Ibla is part of the historic city center of Ragusa, and includes most of the monuments in the Baroque style that have earned Ragusa the inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Severely damaged by the earthquake, the Duomo of Saint George was restored in 1739 when they added  the construction of a “tower” façade that also included the bell tower. The ten chapels, 5 per nave, are rich in works of art including the Holy Ark with the relics of St. George, and the wooden statue representing the saint in the act of killing the dragon.

The main square of the district, Piazza Pola, is an excellent starting point to discover the beauty of   Ragusa. It is the heart of the city surrounded by the Church of San Giuseppe and the ancient municipal building.

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