|The town of Noto
Tourism in Noto
Noto, a splendid Baroque town, has an original planimetry, where straight and parallel streets harmoniously meet squares, passing convents, churches, monasteries, palaces.
Amongst its churches, all masterpieces, a special mention deserves the Church of St. Nicholas.
The scenography is superb: the church stands in the upper part of the piazza Municipio, and the difference in level is covered by a huge staircase.
The facade of the sacred building, finished in 1776, is delimited by two bell-towers.
Photo © Turi Calvino
The entrance to the church is from a bronze portal, where St. Nicholas's life is represented.
The inside is enriched by stuccoes and fine paintings. The chapel in the bottom houses the 16th century Silver ark of St. Corrado Confalonieri, the town patron saint. In the side chapels you can admire St. Michael and a nice Madonna with Child (16th century). The chapel dedicated to the Holy Sacrament is richly decorated.
The artistic patrimony of Noto has been strongly damaged by the collapse of the dome of the church, happened on March 13, 1996.
When the dome will be restored, the world will have back the sumptuosity of one of the most meaningful masterpiece of the international capital of Baroque style.