Noto

Noto

In a region with an abundance of olive trees and almond trees, Noto is a small baroque jewel perched on a plateau overlooking the valley Asinaro, immersed in citrus fields. Her beauty, so harmonious as to seem a fiction, the scene of a theater, was born from a tragic event: the earthquake of 1693, which in this part of Sicily brought death, destruction, but gave impetus to reconstruction. Before then, the town was 10km away. Of very ancient origins, Noto gave birth to Ducezio, that in the fifth century. B.C. He shook the Greeks for having angered against them the Sicilians.

The 1693 earthquake completely destroyed the city. For the reconstruction was chosen a place less impervious and wider, which allows the realization of a simple system, linear, with intersections such as a right angle and parallel and streets as wide as the new Baroque style. Three of the major roads that run east to west so that the sun makes them always illuminate.

Three walks of life who are established there: the first, highest, are destined for the nobility, the middle clergy (the only exception is the centenary building of Landolina), The buildings are majestic, all built in local limestone, tender and compact, by the whiteness that time has colored creating that magnificent golden and rosy tint that the sunset light accentuates, this reconstruction, led by the Duke of Camastra, representative of the Spanish viceroy in Noto, participating in many Sicilian artists, including Paul Labisi Vincenzo Sinatra and Rosario Gagliardi, who, influenced by Borromini, is perhaps one of the most inventive.

The city is built as if it were a stage set, and studying the perspective on her makeup in a singular way, playing with the lines and curves of the facades, with shelves decorations, curls and spirals, the gargoyles, cherubs, from the balconies wrought iron railings that folds in graceful shapes and pot-bellied. Original creation of local masters. Noto is still part of the landscape that from the hands of Italian artists sees the baroque dream flourish throughout Europe and giving birth to the new Russian capital, St. Petersburg.