Noto: The Noto Valley is the cradle of the most outstanding evidence of Sicilian baroque, which is why 8 historical
centres in the area are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Noto is located less than 40km southwest of Syracuse, the town
is home to one of Sicily’s most beautiful historic centres and is considered the Capital of Baroque, and it is not hard
to understand why. A strong and florid city in the Renaissance, it was completely destroyed by the devastating
earthquake of 1693, leaving just what is now called “Noto Antica”: the new city was built a few kilometres from the
former settlement, and great architects and urban designers, all major representatives of the typical Baroque
architecture of that time, were asked to contribute to the re-building of Noto. The pièce de résistance is Corso Vittorio
Emanuele, an elegant walkway flanked by thrilling baroque palazzi and churches.
Marzamemi: Marzamemi has an exotic flair to it. It started as a fishing village and continues the tradition today. But
Marzamemi, unlike many other towns in Sicily, doesn’t have Greek roots; rather it was founded by the Arabs and
originally called Marsa’ al Hamen (which translates as “harbour of the turtle doves”). Marzamemi started as a town
for tuna fishing and packing, a trade it continues in an artisanal form today. The old “tonnara” still stands on the shore,
used now for special events, while food producers in the modern part of town pack tuna and smoked swordfish in
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