Noto Antica
Noto Antica
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  • S_Hvass
    Bramming, Denmark718 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful hike in historical surroundings
    This place is a great place to visit for a nice hike in beautiful and historical surroundings. The paths are well laid out and takes you through the area in interesting flora. We would recommend not beeing to hung up on following the signs, because it can be a bit triggy. Instead you should just take a stroll amongst the old ruins, enjoy the plant life and landscape and the historical atmosphere. We would not drive for hours to see this, but it is absolutely worth a visit if you are in the area. The admission is free.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 2, 2023
  • Claude M
    Vence, France935 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting testament to the devastation of the 1693 earthquake
    We stopped at Noto Antica during a bike ride. WE took time to visit the ruins of the initial town which collapsed during the 1693 earthquake. Educational signs explain the ruins and set the context for the reconstruction a few miles away. Interesting site to visit
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Mariya Petrova
    287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Splendid and charming town of Noto
    Visiting the historical part of Noto you got impressed with the main arch which is lighted with Italian nation flag colors during the night, makes it even more spectacular. Then you cannot take your eyes from the magnificent buildings, a lots of lots of churches. Make sure to take enter the City Hall for a small entry fee you can go to the roof terrace with a nice view to the main street. Go check the small alleys and you can find a hidden gems in every corner, from the painted stairs to the palaces and go back to the main street. Definitely check the local food and you will be amazed. The city is closed to the see and beaches of Lido di Noto too.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 21, 2023
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Noel W
Mosta, Malta63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Nice casual walk that turns into a demanding hike if one gets tempted to go down to the laghetto. It's an hour fifteen going down around 130 meters and close on two hours coming up especially if it's hot. Lovely place, greenery all round.
Written July 23, 2020
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Faithfultraveler
Halifax, Canada1,218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Ten photos don't do a serviceable review any favours but you at least get a glimpse of the remarkable history that awaits a day trip here. 2-3 hours walking plus time to actually go in and visit the churches and such. Then time to enjoy something to eat and drink.
Written April 5, 2023
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Claude M
Vence, France935 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
We stopped at Noto Antica during a bike ride. WE took time to visit the ruins of the initial town which collapsed during the 1693 earthquake. Educational signs explain the ruins and set the context for the reconstruction a few miles away.

Interesting site to visit
Written September 21, 2023
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Caltanissetta, Italy2,871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
In the east side of the Sicily Island, there is the beautiful city of Noto, in the Siracusa area, this is a great example of the Baroque.
Written June 5, 2021
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benjbradshaw
London, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
If you are visiting the stunning baroque town of Noto, it is well worth the 20 minute drive north to the original town (Noto Antica) which was destroyed and completely abandoned after the 1693 earthquake. It is a magical place to wander around. Not excavated or managed in an particular way, you can see the ancient city wall, the remains of the old Norman castle and tumbled down churches, palaces, houses all now overgrown with trees and bushes over a large area. There are fabulous views down to the see and it is a wonderful place to take a picnic or a bottle of wine to drink at sunset. Like Ragusa, Noto Antica was built on a limestone ridge between river gorges and you can walk down from the ruined site and swim in fresh water plunge pools - full even in summer - in the western gorge below. It has a very special feeling to be in a place which was a major thriving bustling city little over 400 years’ ago, but is now quiet and abandoned to the plants and birds.
Written August 31, 2019
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Nordick12
Europe141 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
The late 17th Century earthquake levelled almost everything except the unimpressive castello (castle), so there is not really much to see at Noto Antica. Another negative is the terrible state of the road up there, so be wary if you are driving a rental car.
Written January 21, 2020
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ExcursionToronto
London, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
This was a really interesting visit to the ruins of the original city of Noto, destroyed by the earthquake of 1693. A new Noto was built further south on slopes of the Meti, a model of a rationally-planned baroque town. Noto Antica is situated on the heart shaped plateau of Monte Alveria. The advantages of this natural fortress were discovered in ancient times. Siculic, Greek, and Roman necropoli testify to continuous settlement here since the 9th century BC. Best to visit on a dry sunny day.

Take: Food, water, swimwear, hiking boots.

Getting there by car: drive via Santa Maria della Scala and park at the Porta della Montagna.

The walk:

Start at Porta Della Montagna where a panel with an overview map shows a plan of Noto Antica. A gravel road leads through the impressive town gate into the area of the ruined city. Only the bastions of the Torre Reale were able to able to withstand the tremendous force of the earthquake.

Follow the level gravel road past the Torre Reale, a round tower from the Angevin era.

You pass the overgrown ruins of houses , palaces and churches and come to a Junction 415m; 15 mins where a shrine to St Mary commemorates the devastating earthquake. (Descending to the right here you could cut short to the 30 min point in the walk.)

Continue straight ahead for another 500m on the narrowing gravel road, then turn right and follow the cart track through the gap in the wall 415m/20 mins. (the road ahead continues for another 300m to the Ermo di S. Maria Della Providenza, not visible from here.)

In less than 200m you reach an open field. Follow the cart ruts north across the pasture, passing though another gap in a drystone wall.

After the second gap 405m/30 mins) a track coming from the 15 min point joins from the right. Turn left at this point and climb over the stile. You’re outside the old city walls now. Orleander, poplars and fig trees line the stream, and you can enjoy a birds eye view of the gorge from the ledge.

Follow the path to the right, down into the canyon, the Cava del Carosello. Broad steps hewn into the limestone lead past an ancient guard house dug into the rock. At the bottom of the valley (325 m/40 mins) the crystal clear stream forms little pools, some big enough for a dip on a hot day.

You could retrace your steps here to the Porta Della Montagna, but you can continue upriver. cross the river to the river and continue upstream. After a corpse of Eucalyptus, ascend the trail to the left, now passing a series of four flour mills.

The trail broadens out. Don’t miss the turn off to the right after a couple of hundred metres!

After crossing the dry valley floor, the path ascends in the shadow of the Mediterranean maquis and goes through a gap in a wall. 395 m/1hour 15 mins. Beyond the gap you meet a crossing mulattiera, which you follow downhill to the right. You cross another dry valley floor (with an animal feeding place cut into thr rock) and rise again.

Climb over a stile 415 metres/1 hour 30mins, turn sharp left beyond the remains of a wall, and re- enter Noto Antica. The gravel path leads back to the Porta Della Montagna. 1 hour 40 mins.

Written May 21, 2018
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trooper92
St. Gallen553 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
Only the last half mile on the access road are very narrow - use caution and your horn. The deserted town site has parking and is free. There is a map (now and then) at the entrance. The main ruins have signposts in Italian and English. Not too much to see any more (ca six major ruins), the rest is piles of debris under dense shrubs. Nevertheless a nice walk close to Noto, and you can explore the site (and a cave) how you want and more or less without seeing other tourists. Great little adventure for kids, too (but be aware of steep slopes)
Written October 12, 2019
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Benjamin Moye
Norwich, UK400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Half of the reviews here are for the current town of Noto and not the ruins of Noto Antica so caution when reading and deciding whether to visit. The ruins of Noto Antica are amazing; some preserved buildings and ruins accompanied by stunning views. It's well worth a visit!!
Written July 25, 2019
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thereiwent
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Found Mandolfiori cafeteria-pasticcera-Gelateria
Via Ducezio,2 and was delighted to order a Gelsi Nero(mulberry) granita. It was served in a bowl with a spoon, rather than in a long glass. It was so refreshing on a very very hot day. There were many other flavours all of which I would imagine are also delicious.
Written July 8, 2019
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