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The Baroque Cities of Sicily

sunny 22 °C

At 9.00pm on January 11th 1693 a massive earthquake struck southwestern Sicily. It completely levelled several cities that had already been badly damaged by an earlier trembler and killed more than 60,000 people. The epicentre decimated Noto – a medieval mountainside city. However, Noto rose gloriously from the rubble at the beginning of the 18th century and Italian art historian Cesare Brandi described it as “The Stone Garden’ when he wrote about at the beginning of the 20th century. These are his words accompanied by our photos. This is the entrance gate to Noto…

===The Stone Garden ===by Cesare Brandi

About 50 churches and religious institutes together with 15 noble palaces, residences of ancient aristocrats, are the flowers of this garden…
The Baroque dwells in this town…
It is splendid and conceited in the historic centre…
It is tender and almost elusive in the high areas of the town and in its characteristic quarters…
There are many climbs, many staircases and some streets that are less large than one metre…
Let curiosity guide you and Noto will show you itself.

The nearby cities of Ragusa and Modica were also decimated and although rebuilt in the Baroque style they lack the grandeur of Noto. However, the cathedral in Modica is a splendid sight…
…and the somewhat dilapidated backstreets and lanes are very atmospheric…
Our circumnavigation of Sicily is nearing its end with just one more historic city to visit – Syracuse – see you soon.

Posted by Hawkson 02:06 Archived in Italy

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what a beautiful city. It always amazes me to see such ancient buildings still in use today. I am looking forward to you telling us more at Book Club
love Jean

by Jean McLaren

So beautiful.I love the little side streets and the gardens in pots. A shifting of the concept of gardens in the form of beautiful buildings. The sunshine on the buildings is gorgeous.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Particularly liked the last photo--plants to beautify the drab. This works anywhere. A Canadian prairie memory. Much cheaper than Baroque.

by R and B

It looks so appealing to just walk around and explore.

by The Vickerage

So many treasures in Sicilly. Heard that it was great travel destination, but the blog has really confirmed it. Nice to know too that the weather is really pleasant still on the cusp of December. Looking forward to seeing Syracuse.

by Tom

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