Villa Noto, a Superb Contemporary Villa in Noto, Sicily
Villa Noto, a Luxury Vacation Rental Presented by Finest International
The property overlooks the country, the town of Noto, the mountains and the sea up to the extreme point of the coast of Sicily (Portopalo).
Built in 2017, Villa Noto extends over 400 Sqm on a land of 115,000 Sqm. She features a swimming pool, 5 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. Soft colors, natural materials like local stone hand-cut tiles, wooden ceilings, écru linen sofas, wood, leather, straw , make the atmosphere of this residence very relaxing and cozy.
The property is of modern design but very well integrated with the nature outside (every window as a view on an olive tree), and offers many different corners to fully enjoy it: an intimate courtyard, a pergola in the shade of olive trees, a big pool terrace and belvedere.
Noto, The Sicilian Baroque
A pure gem of Baroque art in Sicily’s southeast corner, the UNESCO-protected town of Noto is really worth visiting now, especially as she is still preserved from mass tourism.
Must-see Attractions in Noto
Descendant of the ancient Netum, Noto dates to the 1700’s, when the city was rebuilt in the wake of the terrible earthquake that struck south-eastern Sicily in 1693.
The creator of many of the finest buildings was the Baroque starchitect Rosario Gagliardi, whose extroverted style also graces churches and monuments in Ragusa and Modica.
Sicilian Baroque architecture is at its best in Noto, an architectural icon located at the foot of the Iblean Mountains and packed with opulent churches and palaces, all made of the local, compacted, honey-colored limestone rock.
In contrast to touristy Taormina, this fabulous Baroque town in southeast Sicily transports visitors to an era before mass travel, where the charm of the old times seems to remain intact.
You will spot cigar-chomping men playing cards at café tables, craft shops, ceramicist’s workshops, and gelaterias serving artisanal granita, sorbets, and the best ice cream on Earth, made with local ingredients like Sicilian prickly pears and the island’s prized Bronte pistachios.
Although in size it would be considered a small town, there are many things to do in Noto.
San Nicolò Cathedral
A fine example of the Sicilian Baroque style, the Roman Catholic Cathedral of San Nicolò is the focal point of Noto’s skyline.
An unforgettable landmark standing at the end of an immense flight of stairs, it is especially hypnotic in the late afternoon when the setting sun casts the creamy limestone façade with an apricot glow.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele
The pièce de résistance in Noto is the pedestrian-only Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which begins at the imposing gateway of Porta Reale and extends west to the town’s central piazza. Lined with amber-colored churches, public gardens, and dazzling Baroque palazzos decorated with lavish details, Corso Vittorio Emanuele really feels like a vast work of art or a film set.
Church of Saint Dominic
One of the town’s finest Baroque buildings, the 18th-century Chiesa di San Domenico is a Baroque-style, Roman Catholic church designed to a Greek-cross plan by the abovementioned Sicilian architect Rosario Gagliardi, allegedly buried here. The church sports an interesting convex façade.
Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata
Palazzo Nicolaci di Valldorata is worth visiting for a glimpse of the sumptuous life of Sicilian aristocrats in past centuries.
The scenic façade of this 18th-century, 90-room palace wows with its sinuous wrought-iron balconies, supported by mythical creatures, including mermaids, sphinxes and winged horses.
Inside, the frescoed ceilings and richly brocaded walls offer an idea of the incredibly luxurious lifestyle of Sicilian nobles, as brought to life in Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s The Leopard, one of the greatest Italian literary works of the 20th century.
Scenic and romantic, it is the city’s library now.
Directly across from the Cathedral of San Nicolò in Piazza del Municipio is Ducezio Palace, which is now the seat of the Town Council.
Designed by Sicilian architect Vincenzo Sinatra in 1746, this graceful, porticoed building houses the eccentric Sala degli Specchi (Hall of Mirrors), definitely worth a visit.
Flower Festival in Noto
If you happen to be visiting Noto in Spring, then you are in for a treat. Each May local artists turn the Via Corrado Nicolaci, a street that runs off of the main Corso Vittorio Emanuele, into a carpet of colorful flowers for the Infiorata di Noto, an annual celebration that draws visitors from all over the world.
Local artists use flower petals to shape creative looking mosaics and elaborate designs that run the entire length of the street.
South-east Sicily’s shoreline offers many great seascapes, and the Gulf of Noto contains a number of wonderful ones. A short drive east of Noto are some of the greatest beaches not just in Sicily or even Italy, but in all of Europe.
When the temperatures soar, then, head to one of the nearby unspoiled sandy beaches. The closest to central Noto is Eloro Beach, almost tropical in its appearance.
Just a little bit further south are Spiaggia Cala Silenzio and the stunning beach of San Lorenzo, among the most beautiful arcs of sand along this gulf.
An absolute must-see when visiting Noto is the picture-perfect beach of Calamosche, in the Vendicari Nature Reserve, a protected haven lapped by the remarkably calm and clean waters of the Ionian Sea, famous for its population of flamingos, swans, cormorants, storks and turtles.
Definitely worth visiting is also the Isola delle Correnti, an ideal swimming spot at the very southern tip of the island, where the Ionian Sea meets the Med.