Noto is a UNESCO town – ‘the garden of stone’ and is the pre-eminent example of the baroque rebuilding after the great earthquake of 1693. The old town of Noto Antica was abandoned and the entire town rebuilt on a gentle slope closer to the sea. An early example of town planning, the main street hosts the town hall, the Duomo and the important buildings, which run up hill giving a stage set feel to the town. Elaborate baroque sculpture is a feature of the palazzi, as are the many styles of church architecture. The seaside at Lido di Noto is popular with families, and is only 6km from town, especially the beach at Eloro.
The third weekend in May holds the infiorata festival where flower paintings are created and left on display.