Located in the south-east of Sicily, Val di Noto deserves to be included among the prime Italian tourist destinations for the varied panorama of excellence it offers with its history, culture, nature and cuisine.
UNESCO gave these places 'World Heritage site' recognition for the high expression of the Baroque they possess and indeed the historic center of Noto is an open-air museum, where artists and architects have created an urban environment of rare and enchanting beauty.
Countryside and sea
This unforgettable corner of Sicily offers also unique landscapes that unfold around a lush countryside, with charming citrus groves, vineyards and expanses of centuries-old olive trees, and beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters (such as Calamosche and Marianelli beaches just outside Noto and the wide fully equipped beach of San Lorenzo)
Other historic testimonies of considerable importance of such architecture in Val di Noto are Caltagirone, Catania, Militello in Val di Catania, Modica, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa, Scicli and Syracuse, which form an enchanting Baroque route.
Not to be missed also is the ancient fishing village of Marzamemi.
Nature and excursions lovers will enjoy the Nature Reserve Cavagrande del Cassibile (set over 2,700 hectares crossed by a canyon where small waterfall and lakes run through) and the Fauna Oasis of Vendicari (set over 1,512 hectares where flamingos, herons and storks inhabit undisturbed and is located the "Tonnara di Vendicari", a fascinating testimony of the old Sicilian fishing tradition).
A strong regional gastronomic culture completes the list of beauties of this territory and is in itself a tourist attraction. The Sicilian cuisine in this area is handed down from generation to generation, and in fact it is a source of recognition and pride in the world, so much so that the area has the presence of a significant number of Michelin Starred restaurants, which are ranked among the best in Italy and Europe.
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