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VAL DI NOTO (English: Province
Province
of Noto
Noto
) is a historical and geographical area encompassing the south-eastern third of Sicily
Sicily
; it is dominated by the limestone Iblean plateau . Historically, it was one of the three valli of Sicily
Sicily
. Chiesa di San Domenico - Noto
Noto

HISTORY

The oldest recorded settlement in the Val di Noto
Noto
was the ancient town of Akrai , near Palazzolo Acreide
Palazzolo Acreide
, which was founded in 664 BC. It was the first colony of the Corinthian settlement at Syracuse .

The settlements of the Val di Noto
Noto
were completely destroyed by the enormous 1693 Sicily
Sicily
earthquake . Following the earthquake, many towns were rebuilt on entirely new sites, such as Noto
Noto
and Grammichele
Grammichele
. The rulers of the time, the kings of Spain, granted the nobleman Giuseppe Lanza special authority to redesign the damaged towns, which he achieved by sympathetically designing the new towns in a baroque and renaissance style.

The new settlements were redesigned to have a town square in the centre and to spread out in a radial pattern from there. Major buildings like churches, cloisters and palaces were built as focal points for the new streets, and the streets themselves were laid out in a grid pattern. Many of the individual towns were rebuilt to have a unique character, such as the town of Grammichele
Grammichele
which was built in a hexagonal shape with the town square in the centre, consisting of the parish and town hall.

The towns were rebuilt in what came to be known as the Sicilian Baroque
Baroque
style; the most notable of which is the town of Noto
Noto
itself, which is now a popular tourist destination due to its fine Baroque architecture.

Archaeology The ruined town of Angie was rediscovered by the historian Tomas Fuentes in the 16th century. Further excavations in the early 19th century by Baron Gabrielle Ally unearthed important artifacts from the early history of eastern Sicily.

PRESENT DAY

In June 2002, UNESCO
UNESCO
inscribed the towns of the Val di Noto
Noto
on the World Heritage List
World Heritage List
as "representing the culmination and final flowering of Baroque
Baroque
art in Europe". The listed towns are Caltagirone , Militello in Val di Catania , Catania
Catania
, Modica
Modica
, Noto
Noto
, Palazzolo Acreide , Ragusa , and Scicli
Scicli
.

NOTES

* ^ The Val in Val di Noto
Noto
is in Sicilian and in Italian a grammatically masculine term, and it does not refer to a "Valley" as is usual in Italian geographical names, which are although always grammatically feminine, but to one of the Provinces or Governorates into which Sicily
Sicily
was administratively divided under the Arab rule and up until the 1812 administrative reform. The corresponding Arab term is Wāli
Wāli
, and the Sicilian Val is akin to the Arab Wilayah or the Turkish Vilayet
Vilayet
, used as it would be a calque of the English term Shire
Shire
* ^ Noto
Noto
(Italy) - No 1024rev, ICOMOS, January 2002, Advisory Body Evaluation, Unesco

* v * t * e

World Heritage Sites in Italy

NORTHWEST

* Crespi d\'Adda * Genoa
Genoa
* Mantua
Mantua
and Sabbioneta
Sabbioneta
* Monte San Giorgio
Monte San Giorgio
1

* Porto Venere
Porto Venere
, Palmaria , Tino and Tinetto
Tinetto
, Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre

* Corniglia
Corniglia
* Manarola
Manarola
* Monterosso al Mare
Monterosso al Mare
* Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore
* Vernazza
Vernazza

* Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Residences of the Royal House of Savoy

* Castle of Moncalieri
Castle of Moncalieri
* Castle of Racconigi
Castle of Racconigi
* Castle of Rivoli
Castle of Rivoli
* Castello del Valentino
Castello del Valentino
* Royal Palace of Turin
Royal Palace of Turin
* Palazzo Carignano
Palazzo Carignano
* Palazzo Madama, Turin
Palazzo Madama, Turin
* Palace of Venaria
Palace of Venaria
* Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi * Villa della Regina
Villa della Regina

* Rhaetian Railway
Rhaetian Railway
in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes1 * Rock Drawings in Valcamonica * Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
* Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan * Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont : Langhe
Langhe
- Roero
Roero
and Monferrato

NORTHEAST

* Aquileia
Aquileia
* The Dolomites
Dolomites
* Ferrara
Ferrara
* Modena Cathedral
Modena Cathedral
, Torre della Ghirlandina and Piazza Grande, Modena * Orto botanico di Padova
Orto botanico di Padova
* Ravenna * Venice
Venice
* Verona
Verona
* City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto
City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto

CENTRAL

* Assisi
Assisi
* Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi
Assisi
* Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri
Cerveteri
and Tarquinia * Florence * Hadrian\'s Villa * Medici villas
Medici villas
* Piazza del Duomo, Pisa * Pienza * Rome
Rome
2 * San Gimignano
San Gimignano
* Siena
Siena
* Urbino
Urbino
* Val d\'Orcia * Villa d\'Este

SOUTH

* Alberobello
Alberobello
* Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast
* Castel del Monte, Apulia
Castel del Monte, Apulia
* Cilento
Cilento
and Vallo di Diano National Park , Paestum
Paestum
and Velia
Velia
, Certosa di Padula * Herculaneum
Herculaneum
* Oplontis
Oplontis
and Villa Poppaea
Villa Poppaea
* Naples
Naples
* Palace of Caserta , Aqueduct of Vanvitelli and San Leucio
San Leucio
Complex * Pompeii
Pompeii
* Sassi of Matera
Matera

ISLANDS

* Aeolian Islands
Aeolian Islands
* Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale * Archaeological Area of Agrigento * Barumini nuraghes * Mount Etna
Mount Etna
* Syracuse and Necropolis of Pantalica
Necropolis of Pantalica

* Val di Noto
Noto

* Caltagirone
Caltagirone
* Catania
Catania
* Militello in Val di Catania * Modica
Modica
* Noto
Noto
* Palazzolo Acreide
Palazzolo Acreide
* Ragusa * Scicli
Scicli

* Villa Romana del Casale
Villa Romana del Casale

COUNTRYWIDE

* Longobards in Italy, Places of Power (568–774 A.D.)

* Brescia
Brescia
* Cividale del Friuli
Cividale del Friuli
* Castelseprio * Spoleto
Spoleto
* Temple of Clitumnus located at Campello sul Clitunno * Santa Sofia located at Benevento
Benevento
* Sanctuary of Monte Sant\'Angelo located at Monte Sant\'Angelo

* Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps
Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps
3 * Primeval Beech Forests of Europe 4

* Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries 5

* Bergamo
Bergamo
* Palmanova
Palmanova
* Peschiera del Garda

* 1 Shared with Switzerland
Switzerland
* 2 Shared with the Holy See
Holy See
* 3 Shared with Austria
Austria
, France
France
, Germany
Germany
, Slovenia
Slovenia
, and Switzerland
Switzerland
* 4 Shared with Albania
Albania
, Austria
Austria
, Belgium
Belgium
, Bulgaria
Bulgaria
, Croatia
Croatia
, Germany
Germany
, Poland
Poland
, Romania
Romania
, Slovakia
Slovakia
, Slovenia
Slovenia
, Spain
Spain
and Ukraine
Ukraine
* 5 Shared with Croatia
Croatia
and Montenegro
Montenegro

Coordinates : 36°53′N 15°05′E / 36.883°N 15.083°E / 36.883; 15.083

AUTHORITY CONTROL

* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 237403506 * GND :

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