Sicilian baroque architecture is at its best in the town of Noto in Sicily’s South East corner.
Years after the devastating earthquake of 1693 destroyed the region, the town was rebuilt sixteen kilometres from its original position. At this time baroque architecture was in fashion and the Sicilians interpreted it their way.
This baroque architecture led to Noto, along with seven other towns in the area, being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.
If you walk along the main street of Noto, Corso Vittorio Emanuel, you will see many fine examples. The pink stone that was used in the rebuilding gives them a special glow and a commanding presence.
But it is in the side streets on the smaller buildings that the architects have gone to town adding gargoyles, grinning masks, putti, scrolls, jutting cornices , curved balconies and wrought iron trims to everything they could.
Have you visited any of the other baroque towns in Sicily?
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