Capital of Sicilian Baroque and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Noto is a fascinating city in Eastern Sicily. Almost entirely destroyed in 1963 by a violent earthquake, the Baroque city has risen more beautiful than ever!
The pulsating heart of the Sicilian town is Corso Vittorio Emanuele, preceded by Porta Reale. Along the boulevard, there are three squares, each of which houses a church.
With car rental in Noto, you will be able to reach every corner of the Val di Noto and discover unique landscapes.
What to see in Noto
There are many wonders to see in Noto, starting from its historic center, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2002, where you can admire palaces, balconies, and churches in the Baroque style.
One of the attractions of Noto is the Ducrezio Palace, the town hall, built between the 18th and 19th centuries and dedicated to Ducrezio, a famous military leader. Inside, you can admire the frescoed ceiling of the assembly hall.
The main place of worship in Noto is the Cathedral of San Nicolò: a Baroque gem from the 18th century; you will be amazed by its grandeur.
Another important building in Noto is Nicolaci Palace, a noble residence with a pompous façade, in full Baroque style.
Another highly valuable Baroque architecture is the Church of Santa Chiara, attached to the Benedictine Convent, from whose terrace you can admire a magnificent panorama.
Once you have admired the wonders of the town, you can set off with a car rental in Noto to explore the surroundings.
Car rental in Noto, what to see in the surroundings
In addition to the pearls of Sicilian Baroque, the surroundings of Noto offer fantastic excursions focused on relaxation and nature.
Starting with a rental car – booked with Acarent – from Noto, you can easily reach the coast and the Vendicari Nature Reserve. The Vendicari Oasis is a protected park that overlooks the sea, and one of its most beautiful and famous beaches is Calamosche: a peaceful and sheltered cove with crystal-clear waters. Protected from currents and winds, Calamosche is a beach with golden sand, suitable for families with children, but surrounded by rocks that make it an ideal place for snorkeling.
A little further south of Vendicari you will find Marzamemi: an ancient fishing village with two churches overlooking a splendid square. The small squares of Marzamemi are enchanting and come alive, especially during summer evenings. Here, you can find seaside taverns, cafes for aperitifs, and bars, offering a unique opportunity to taste the delicacies of Sicilian cuisine.