The city of Noto is located on the southeastern coast of Sicily, and it makes up part of the Val di Noto UNESCO World Heritage site. Settlements in Noto date back to the 3rd century B.C.E., in present-day nearby Noto Antica. The newer city of Noto was rebuilt in a slightly different position after an earthquake in the late 17th century C.E. that completely destroyed the town. Having the entire place rebuilt in the then-popular Sicilian Baroque style led to the town being one of several in the area that remain perfect examples of the best of this unique architectural style. These Val di Noto towns were added to UNESCO's list in 2002.
Of all the Val di Noto towns, Noto itself is seen as the best showcase of the Sicilian Baroque. The town's many churches are exquisite and worth visiting, along with other historic buildings in the city center. Walk down the Corso Vittorio Emanuele III to see the prettiest buildings, taking your time and enjoying the scenery.
Noto is just under 90 miles south of Taormina on the southeastern coast of Sicily. You can take the train (with a stop in Siracusa) or a combination of train and bus, but the trip takes about twice as long that way as if you rented a car and drove. The other option is to book a spot on an organized tour.