Noto is located 95 km south of Catania and 32 km southwest of the city of Syracuse, at the foot of the Iblean Mountains. It lends its name to the surrounding area Val di Noto, which is known as the epicenter of the 1693 earthquake, that destroyed eastern Sicily. The extent and degree of destruction caused by this earthquake resulted in extensive rebuilding of the towns and cities of southeastern Sicily, particularly the Val di Noto, in a homogeneous late Baroque style, described as "the culmination and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe".
Visitors, usually start their walk at Porta Reale, at the eastern entrance of the city and stroll around Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which is free of traffic. As there is no time to really absorb all the beautiful buildings you see, my advice is just to wander around and let your eyes caress the baroque fineness.