During my visit to Sicily, I did a day trip to the southern parts. I visited Noto and Ispica. Noto has a beautiful street, the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, with many beautiful baroque buildings. In Ispica I visited the cemetery, which has some grandiouse tombs.

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Noto dates back to Roman times. It was totally destroyed in the Sicilian earthquake in 1693. It was rebuilt in Sicilian Baroque style in the 18th century.

Noto is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto.

More details are in the Wikipedia entry for Noto.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele
Corso Vittorio Emanuele. (795k)
Side Streets Noto
One of the side streets in Noto. (795k)
Side Streets Noto
One of the side streets in Noto. (805k)
Noto Cathedral La Chiesa
Noto cathedral (La Chiesa Madre di San Nicolò), completed in 1776. (668k)
Noto Cathedral
Noto cathedral. (793k)
St Charles Church Chiesa
St. Charles Church (Chiesa di San Carlo al Corso), from 1700. (886k)
Chiesa Di San Carlo
Chiesa di San Carlo al Corso. (770k)
Church St Domenico Chiesa
Church of St. Domenico (Chiesa di San Domenico), built between 1703 and 1727 by architect Rosario Gagliardi. (928k)
Church San Francesco D'assisi
Church of San Francesco d'Assisi, built between 1704 and 1745 by architects Vincenzo Sinatra and Rosario Gagliardi (right), and Monastero del Santissimo Salvatore (left). (864k)
Palazzo Ducezio Designed 1746
Palazzo Ducezio, designed in 1746 by Vincenzo Sinatra, completed in 1830. It houses the Noto town hall. (747k)
Theater Teatro Vittorio Emanuele
Theater (Teatro Vittorio Emanuele), started in 1853. (806k)
Fountain Marble Statues
Fountain with marble statues. (961k)
Monument Soldiers World War
Monument for soldiers in World War I. (883k)


Ispica is a city and comune in the south of Sicily. It is 50 km (31 miles) south of Syracuse The first mention in a document of Ispica occurred in 1093, in a list of churches and ecclesiastic departments for administrative purposes, but the territory has been colonized since the Bronze Age.

It was destroyed in the 1693 Sicilian earthquake

Ispica. (854k)
Switchback Road Leading Ispica
Switchback road leading up to Ispica. (1025k)
16th Century St Francis
The 16th century St. Francis monastery. It precedes the Baroque architectural period. (923k)
Chiesa Maria Ss Del
Chiesa Maria SS. del Carmelo, and adjoining Convent, founded in 1534, rebuilt after the earthquake, completed in 1730. (900k)
Row Tombs Cemetery Ispica
Row of tombs in the cemetery in Ispica. (709k)
Wall Individual Graves
Wall with individual graves. (783k)
Family Tomb
Family tomb. (722k)
Family Grave Site
Family grave site. (685k)
Family Grave Site
Family grave site. (631k)
Old Family Tomb
Old family tomb. (839k)

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