The bus will arrive at Noto approximately at 10 am, and participants will be taken on a guided visit of the city.
Noto is an amazing and charming city, the apotheosis of Baroque town planning and architecture.
Completely destroyed by the terrible 1693 earthquake, it was rebuilt from scratch on a new site, about 10km from the old centre.
Under the supervision of the Duke of Camastra, the Spanish Viceroy’s right-hand man, three architects, Labisi, Sinatra and Gagliardi, set to work, intent on creating a new town based firmly on Baroque ideals. The idea was to create a linear, perfectly proportioned urban centre whose parallel lines would provide myriad panoramas. The town was divided into three parts by three roads running from west to west, thus ensuring the constant attentions of the sun. At the top lived the nobility, in the middle the clergy, and at the bottom, “hoi polloi”.
A UNESCO Heritage site, Noto is not to be missed, even if baroque architecture is not your cup of tea. More than just a baroque town, it is a subliminal expression of originality, fantasy, obsession, and man’s resilience in the face of the overwhelming force of nature.
A typical lunch will be served with the famous Nero d’Avola wine.
After lunch, participants will be taken to the beautiful Villa Romana del Tellaro.
At 4 pm the bus will take participants to the airport.
Price: € 98 (VAT included).