The baroque of Noto and Noto Antica
A mountain bike tour through the wonders of Noto and its surroundings. An area of unspoilt nature, which is rich in history and stunning baroque architecture, Unesco World Heritage site.
We will start the day from Noto, and proceed through the most important and picturesque streets of the town whose baroque churches and buildings are part of UNESCO World Heritage since 2002.
We will then cycle uphill towards the small town of Noto Antica, passing through fields of almond trees and typical Mediterranean scrub. We will face the only challenging climb of the day, which will take us to 400 meters asl to the ruins of Noto Antica, the ancient city of “Netum” on Mount Alveria. This is the original town of Noto which was destroyed by
the earthquake in 1693, causing the new Noto to be built in baroque style lower down in the valley. The ruins help us to imagine the magnificence of the ancient city, nestled at the intersection of three valleys and made impregnable by numerous walls and deep caves.
After Noto Antica we will head towards the small hamlet of Testa dell’Acqua, cycling through rural paths characterized by the typical white limestone of the Iblei Mountains, on trails bordered by dry-stone walls where it is not uncommon to come across wild herbs such as rosemary, oregano and sage growing.
From Testa dell’Acqua we will start our descent back to Noto, where we will taste a refreshing almond granita, a must to finish off a great day of cycling.