The Allure of the Noto Valley
Southeast Sicily is a charming land that oozes the tale of its colourful human and geographical history.
The Noto Valley lies on a series of limestone hills, eroded by the elements and the terrible blows of past seismic events yet now appearing as a landscape of warm tones with the greens and browns of carob, almond and olive trees.
The towns and cities of this area are all linked by the architectural style of the major reconstruction that followed a devastating earthquake in 1693.
The reconstruction gave rise to the Sicilian Baroque, influenced by neoclassical and rococo styles. UNESCO recognized the importance of this unique architecture and granted World Heritage Site status to the valley.
As you arrive over the plateau of Modica, the small town of Scicli appears as an enchanting view, relaxed on the surrounding limestone rocks.
- The streets of Scicli are a maze of alluring alleys, typical of medieval towns. They invite you to discover them and to take a walk through history.
- One of the most iconic streets is Via Francesco Mormino Penna where the beautiful buildings represent the best of the Baroque of the Noto Valley.
- Another stunning example of the Sicilian Baroque is the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, with its undulating facade and varied interior on three levels.
- Piazza Italy is surrounded by beautiful eighteenth century palaces such as the Mother Church of St. Ignatius and Palazzo Fava.
- In Via San Bartolomeo is the church of the same name; built in the early fifteenth century it is the only one to have survived the earthquake.
Palazzo Montalbano in the heart of Scicli is the perfect place to get a real taste of true Sicilian history and our Sicilian spirit and passion for life.