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.