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Noto, Scicli and Ragusa Ibla: the baroque villages of the Val di Noto

In the Sicilian Baroque villages of Noto, Scicli and Ragusa Ibla, art and history come alive through majestic palaces and intricate architectural details. These cultural gems offer the perfect out-of-town excursion starting in Syracuse. Noto's cobblestone streets and Scicli's charming alleyways take visitors on a journey through time, while Ragusa Ibla captivates with its breathtaking views.

The Val di Noto, in fact, proudly holds eight Baroque-style jewels, listed in 2002 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site under the label "The Late Baroque Cities of the Val di Noto (southeastern Sicily)." These cities, spanning the regions of Catania, Syracuse and Ragusa, include Caltagirone, Catania, Militello Val di Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa and Scicli, each giving an immersive experience in the Baroque age.

After a day of exploration, Hotel Algilà, located in the heart of Ortigia, welcomes you to an oasis of comfort for an unforgettable stay.


Alla scoperta di Noto
Discovering Noto: capital of Sicilian Baroque

It is Noto that emerges as the undisputed capital of Baroque art in Sicily. The city shines with elegance and grandeur thanks to the sumptuous aristocratic palaces located along Corso Vittorio Emanuele and the picturesque Via Nicolaci. Only 31 km from Syracuse, Noto is also known as "the stone garden," as it is famous for its monumental churches built with the fine, finely carved local golden stone. A stop in front of the majestic Cathedral of San Nicolò becomes a must-see.


Scopri cosa vedere a Scicli
Find out what to see in Scicli

Scicli, also made famous by the TV series "Il Commissario Montalbano," fascinates with its churches and noble palaces. Prominent among its monuments is the Convento della Croce, a fascinating complex dating back to 1528, positioned atop the Colle della Croce. From its elevated position, it offers a breathtaking view of the historic center, adding charm to the visit. Inside the convent, the opportunities for exploration are numerous, from the enchanting church to the oratory, from the cloister to the evocative cells of the friars.

The perfect place for a journey through time through Sicily's architectural heritage. This city rich in history and culture reveals itself as a place where beauty blends with tradition, creating a unique atmosphere where you can pause to admire the Baroque details and authentic atmosphere of the alleyways.

Ragusa Ibla

Il panorama su Ragusa Ibla
The view of Ragusa Ibla

Ragusa Ibla, also famous for being the location for the series "Il Commissario Montalbano," stands on what was once the old historic center of Ragusa, known worldwide for its more than fifty churches and numerous palaces, true jewels of Sicilian Baroque. Overlooking a hill, the picturesque village of Ibla offers spectacular views of the valley below, dominated by the majestic Cathedral of San Giorgio and its imposing staircase.

The ancient quarter of San Paolo is a must-see, with the striking church of the same name and fascinating Sicilian tombs bearing witness to its antiquity. The Hyblaean Garden completes the experience, offering a peaceful retreat in the midst of this city steeped in history and culture.


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