Exploring: Noto Antica

January 24, 2010

We hiked up the vine covered steps and within minutes we were transported back in time.

We spent most of today exploring the ruins of Noto-Antica, the original city of Noto, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1693. We scampered up and over bits and pieces of history (Hellenistic, Pre-Christian, Jewish, Byzantine, Arabian, Norman, Renaissance and Baroque ruins to be more exact...isn't that amazing?). We admired the stunning views and hollered out greetings which echoed back at us from the canyon below. We ventured down paths lined with caves and blooming euphorbia. And we relished the fact that we had it all to ourselves. Noto-Antica isn't mentioned in any of our tourist guidebooks for Sicily, but luckily it was one of the walks highlighted in Walking in Sicily. This handy little book is quickly becoming a favorite resource for our Sicilian adventures. If you go, be sure to pack snacks/water or you might want to turn it into very special day/weekend trip and head up the road to the beautiful agriturismo, Borgo Alveria. Read how their website describes this amazing area. We'll be back again soon. There is still so much to explore.
likeschocolate said...

What a wonderful find! Glad you had such a wonderful day!

Emily said...

Wow! Very cool. A day spent exploring ruins with no other people around? Sounds perfect to me!

Juniper said...

Oh my, great tip and what a cool place to discover. Amazing that it was totally empty as well. We may be coming over to Sicily at the end of March, will be certainly taking note of the walking in Sicily book you mentioned and the agriturismo site. Thank you!

Emily said...

I've been meaning to loan you our copy of *Walking in Sicily* for weeks, so it's good to know you already have one. Sounds like a wonderful day!

kristin said...

i have complete travel envy...it all looks so peaceful and beautiful

Barbara said...

What lush and beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

boatbaby said...

Magical! I love traveling via your blog! Thank you!

Cami said...

Oh my goodness, that looks incredible. I want to back in time too.

Madeline said...

looks gorgeous! Would love to get there someday.

Amy @ The Q Family said...

How fun! Look like kids will enjoy exploring this without being too overwhelming.

amida said...

How fun!

David said...

It looks amazing. How fun.

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