The city of Noto

The city of Noto Antica, known as Netum under Roman rule, was one of the main cultural, military and economic centres of south-eastern Sicily.
Completely destroyed by the 1693 earthquake, it was surrounded by majestic walls, many of which are still intact, and the deep valleys of Mount Alveria.
After centuries of neglect, in 1970 a development plan was put in place to protect the former inhabited centre.
A “day of memory” was later established, when, on the fourth Sunday of May each year, the former Noto is crowded with visitors and tourists.