Piazza Municipio


About halfway along Corso Vittorio Emanuele is the graceful Piazza Municipio, flanked by Noto's most dramatic buildings. To the north, sitting in stately pomp at the head of Paolo Labisi's monumental staircase is the Basilica Cattedrale di San Nicolò, surrounded by a series of elegant palaces. To the left (west) is Palazzo Landolina, once home to the powerful Sant'Alfano family. Across the street, Palazzo Ducezio features a partly convex facade, its graceful arches supported by Ionic-capital columns.

Designed by Vincenzo Sinatra in the mid-18th century, the palace's lower-level building was only completed in 1830, while the top floor was built in the first half of the 20th century. It now houses Noto's town hall.

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1. Palazzo Ducezio

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Inspired by French palace architecture of the 17th century, graceful, porticoed Palazzo Ducezio is one of architect Vincenzo Sinatra's finest works. The…

2. Palazzo Landolina

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Flanking the architectural jewel box that is Piazza Municipio, this palace dates from the early 18th century. Architect Vincenzo Sinatra had originally…

3. Basilica Cattedrale di San Nicolò

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Pride of place in Noto goes to San Nicolò Cathedral, a baroque beauty that had to undergo extensive renovation after its dome collapsed during a 1996…

4. Chiesa di San Carlo al Corso

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5. Basilica del Santissimo Salvatore

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Situated towards the grand Porta Reale is the Basilica del Santissimo Salvatore. Its recently restored interior is the most impressive in Noto, crowned by…

6. Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata

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7. Chiesa di Santa Chiara

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Commissioned by the Benedictine order, the Chiesa di Santa Chiara was built by Rosario Gagliardi between 1730 and 1758. You can still see the ornate…