Escape to Noto, a sundrenched corner of Southern Italy, where baroque palaces sit alongside charming osterias serving up the best Sicilian cuisine. Here are our recommendations on how to best spend your time in this Italian city.
Interested in visiting? Noto is one of many fantastic destinations included as part of Culture Trip’s specially curated 10-day Sicily adventure, led by our local insider.
A devastating earthquake hit Noto in 1693. Much of the city was destroyed, but from its greatest tragedy came a lasting legacy of grand architecture and an exquisitely cohesive beauty that, eventually, attracted the attention of Unesco. At the end of each day, the sun-kissed limestone buildings in the city take on a rich, honeyed glow. While there’s no shortage of things to see in Noto, its nearby beaches and the Vendicari Nature Reserve provide compelling reasons to get out of town.
Cantina Palmeri is a winery, just a 10-minute drive from Noto. Its history can be traced back to the 15th century, though, since 2002, it’s been run by a Swiss couple with a passion for organic viticulture. Grapes thrive in this place: the soil is the ideal balance of clay, lime and sand, while the dry, sunny climate ripens the fruit perfectly. The result is a collection of exceptional wines, which you can taste on a visit to Cantina Palmeri’s cellars.
Ristorante Manna Noto occupies what was once the wine cellar of the Palazzo Nicolaci. Here, Manna Noto’s talented kitchen chefs turn simple recipes into culinary works of art. Enjoy a seasonal menu of delicious Sicilian food that reflects local tastes and traditions. The decor is fun and whimsical. As much thought has gone into the presentation of each dish as in the sourcing of the fresh, local ingredients used to create them.