Comiso Airport - Unesco WH site "Late baroque towns of the Val di Noto"

Comiso Airport - Unesco WH site "Late baroque towns of the Val di Noto"

Sicily
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78.8 Km

Between Ragusa and Siracusa is the "Val di Noto", which is a historical rather than geographical definition, because it isn't really a valley. 

The area can be reached from Comiso Airport travelling towards Catania or Siracusa. The Val or Vallo di Noto is home to the nine towns included by the Unesco in its World Heritage List as major examples of late baroque art and architecture. Visiting Ragusa, Modica, Palazzolo Acreide and Noto is a wonderful opportunity to understand how the decision by the Sicilians to rebuild the towns destroyed by the earthquake of 1693 has bequeathed to the entire world a wealth of churches and palaces of unequalled beauty.

 

In occasion of Expo Milano 2015, the Italian Government is working to promote the "EXPO and Territories" initiative, a journey in discovery of Italy's hidden treasures and agro-alimentary excellence. "EXPO 2015" explores any and all cultural heritage tied to the initiative.

Iblei Comiso Airport

Comiso

Iblei Comiso Airport

Comiso Airport (IATA: CIY, ICAO: LICB) (aka “Vincenzo Magliocco” Airport, named for an Italian Air Force Brigadier General), is located in Sicily, at 5 km from Comiso and 15 km from Ragusa, in the communes of Comiso and Chiaramonte Gulfi. Originally built as a military airport, it was opened to domestic and international commercial flights on 30 May 2013.

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UNESCO WH SITE "Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto"

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UNESCO WH SITE "Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto"

The Vallo or Val di Noto was included among the Unesco's World Heritage Sites in Italy, in 2002, because of the string of marvellous late baroque towns located here. Rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1693, the eight baroque towns of Caltagirone, Catania, Modica, Noto, Militello in Val di Catania, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa and Scicli, represent the pinnacle of baroque art in Europe. In fact, they all share a strong artistic and architectural uniformity, noticeable in the facades of the palaces, with their exuberant decorations of flowers and monsters, the latter being intended to ward off evil, but also to keep ill-doers away or indicate the qualities of the owners. But the true highlights of the Val di Noto are the baroque facades and interiors of the churches, curved and highly irregular, resembling theatrical stage sets.

Catania is another outstanding baroque gem, with its Cathedral of Sant'Agata and the marvellous piazza del Duomo one of the highlights of any trip to Sicily. Another cultural highlight for tourism in the area are the nine main churches of Ragusa, the churches of Palazzolo Acreide and the Cathedral of Modica, which is also the Sicilian capital of chocolate-making. Of great impact are also the palaces of Caltagirone and the churches of Militello in Val di Catania. Together with all these treasures, the churches and aristocratic villas of Scicli are only a foretaste of what is to come in the magnificent town of Noto, a spectacular ensemble of baroque buildings and streets.
But the Vallo is also renowned for its nature. climate and the proximity of a unique sea, with many marinas along the coast and high-quality accommodation.

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