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South eastern Sicily has a rough, dramatic landscape - mountain then ravine - but it's the eight gorgeous Baroque towns of the Val di Noto, sitting graceful and placid amongst the drama, which call out to travellers. They are all eye-catching - they sprang up together after a devastating earthquake in 1693 - but Noto is probably the finest of them all. A Baroque fantasy in honey-coloured stone, some of the best places to stay in Noto can be found in this centre.
What not to miss
- Noto is easily explored, most of its main sights are situated on its grand Corso Vittorio Emmanuele, along with two of the best gelato cafes.
- The green and elegant promenade has beautiful Baroque palaces and churches all along its length. So if you stroll beneath the palms you've no chance of missing the freshly restored cathedral, the pantomime of iron work figures on the balcony of the Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, or the views from the top of the bell-tower of the church of San Carlo al Corso - just a few of the Corso's charms.
- Many of these Baroque beauties are just as lovely inside as out. Noto also boasts beautiful gardens, some of which have a very North African flavour - Noto is a bit Sicily-meets-Granada - so there are plenty of places to enjoy your gelato alfresco.
Our selection of the best places to stay in Noto range from charming boutiques in the heart of the town to villas hidden amongst the olive groves on the outskirts.
The best places to stay in Noto
For a historic stay
- Seven Rooms Villadorata is right in the heart of Noto amongst beautiful architecture and Baroque balconies. This B&B occupies one of Noto's treasured 18th Century palazzos,and has views over the cathedral.
For a relaxing stay
- Just outside Noto, the Masseria degli Ulivi's setting amongst olive groves above Noto, offers amazing views and excellent access to the town. Rooms, including some triples and quadruples, are modern and elegant and the surroundings are serene with beach and town adjacent.
For an apartment or villa
- Explore the options at our online partner Booking.com.
- Fly to either Comiso (49 miles) or Catania (55 miles).
- If you are looking to hire a car, we recommend visiting our online partner Rentalcars.
- The best time to visit Sicily is in the summer months, when the temperature sits comfortably in the mid twenties.
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Best Hotels in Noto
Seven Rooms Villadorata 3 rooms from £168Noto
A historic building in Noto's medieval centre. Grand, beautiful architecture, frescoes on the ceilings, Baroque balconies, and ornate decoration. An elegant B&B with wonderful views. very romantic, also family friendly.Sailing - With or without a skipper can be arrangedLocal markets - Good for local colour.Great walks - Good for walkers.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Masseria degli Ulivi 34 rooms from £96Noto
A serene hillside hotel surrounded by olive groves in a remote setting above Noto. Bedrooms (plus some triples and quadruples) are perfect for families and groups, all decorated with contemporary elegance. Fabulous infinity pool and excellent restaurant. Close to beaches and sights nearby.Sights nearby - Palazzolo Acreide and the delights of the World Heritage Site NotoBirdwatching - Wetlands around Vendicari.Remote - Off the beaten track.Secluded setting - For escaping.Recommended by - I Escape
Dimora Delle Balze 12 rooms from £345Noto
A beautifully converted 'masseria' situated in a pristine part of rural Sicily. Chic bedrooms perfectly mix the old and new with tiled floors, stone walls, contemporary fabrics and a few choice artefacts. Expect a glorious pool and plenty of quiet spots to curl up with a book.Hideaway - An idyllic hideaway in glorious rural Scicily.Sights nearby - Take a tour straight from the hotel of the ancient city of Noto.Great walks - Embark on long scenic walks starting straight from the property.Swimming Pool - Outdoor poolRecommended by - Tablet