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Montalbano_ wrote a review Oct 2019
996 contributions200 helpful votes
The Val di Noto district offers stunning places and architecture examples like this church born after the big earth quake of 1693 which destroyed 12 cities in the south of Sicily. The church front is typically structured by 3 levels made by columns and beams all made by the Hyblean white rock. The staircase is scenic and stands right in the centre of city's square. Inside the roof offers beautiful art paints and the huge organo which sounds by the piano keyboard. The entrance is free. But the visit worth the entire trip to Palazzolo.…
Date of experience: October 2019
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Seasondtraveller wrote a review Jul 2019
Paris4,047 contributions390 helpful votes
The basilica is very well restored and a truly beautiful exemplar of baroque. We had the privilege of touring the place with a friendly staffer.
Date of experience: July 2019
bogovinluka wrote a review Jul 2018
Kuopio, Finland24 contributions2 helpful votes
A pity it was closed due to repairing works. The Facade and position are spectacular. You can admire the beauty of Sicilian tardo-Baroque which revived a vast area struck by the 1693 cathastrophic earthquake.
Date of experience: July 2018
Gene R J wrote a review Nov 2017
Silver Spring, Maryland4,299 contributions632 helpful votes
We drove our rental car 32km from Noto, stopping at Antica Noto along the way. Our tour began at the nicely situated Kalura B&B, first by driving 850 meters up to the 3rd C BC Greek Theatre, before returning to walk into the old city. Our host gave specific instructions to access Corso Vittorio Emanuele via a level walk to a narrow lane, then downhill along the main street with narrow sidewalks and pretty palazzos to the main Piazza del Popolo. Today its Basilica di San Sebastian was enclosed with scaffolding for seemingly long term restoration. We walked down to Via Garibaldi where the Balcone Barocco and Palazzo Pricone compete for best sculpted balcony. After finding Church of the Annunciation undergoing restoration, we focused on the beautiful facade of the Basilica of St Paul, and nearby, the less adorned Mother Church. To its side, we walked up Via Bando Inferiore to a long series of steps for the surprise of the day, Via Grotto. Here with the bright afternoon sun we had great views of the castle ruins all the way to snow covered Mt Etna, then valley views of stone barns, olive groves, and hay fields between the limestone ridges. Just ahead was St Michael's Church, then a downhill stroll back to our B&B. Nearly 3 km of Unesco Baroque sites, but unfortunately, no interiors were available at this time of year. With no pedestrian zone, constant competition from a stream of passing cars on the narrow streets, and no buildings open for visits, this was our least favorite Val di Noto city.…
Date of experience: November 2017
Sandra L wrote a review Sep 2016
Livorno, Italy544 contributions288 helpful votes
This church is particularly beautiful, but the ensamble with the stairs and the square makes it really impressive. It's in the heart of Palazzolo so cannot be missed.
Date of experience: August 2016