After careful evaluation, the scientific committee of the Swiss Tourism Awards then selected the city of Noto for the category Category Charming Villages and awarded the prize:
In a region where olive and almond trees abound, Noto is a small Baroque jewel perched on a plateau overlooking the Asinaro valley. The 1693 earthquake completely destroyed the city. A less impervious and larger site was chosen for the reconstruction, which allowed for the creation of a simple, linear layout with right-angled intersections and parallel streets, as Baroque taste demanded, giving it the stylistic homogeneity that is one of the elements of its charm and to which it owes its inscription on the list of Unesco-protected heritages Today taking a walk among the Baroque architecture of Noto is equivalent to total immersion in art and history.
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