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Oct 19, 2014 - Noto

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Noto: “Flattened in 1693 by an earthquake, Noto was grandly rebuilt by its nobles. It is now the finest baroque town in Sicily, especially appreciable at night when the illuminations introduced in 2006 accentuate its beauty and intricately carved facades. The baroque masterpiece is the work of Rosario Gagliardi and his assistant, Vincenzo Sinatra, local architects who also worked in Ragusa and Modica. Recently added to Unesco’s list of World...

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Jul 29, 2014 - Baroque-back Mountain

Today's ride to the small Baroque hilltop town of Noto was a cyclist's heaven. Out of Syracuse, yesterday's smokestacks gave way to silos, industrial areas turned to lemon and olive orchards. "Lemon trees, very pretty..." was soon on my lips. Traffic was lighter, the road flatter and the wind was dancing elsewhere. It was a popular stretch for bicycle road racers, who passed in groups heading the other direction. We waved our mutual camaraderie. Part way along, I turned off towards the sea and travelled a tranquil oceanside road to Noto...

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Jan 3, 2006 - Sicily

We finally made it over here! After much time spent in airports (and one night in a Heathrow airport hotel) we made it to Italia! Our short stay in England was nice, I fell in love with little kids who have Bristish accents; decided that I'm going to teach my kids to talk like that- they may sound socially akward but its way to cute! We got in yesterday to Sicily, the island that makes up the southernmost part of Italy. It is sooo beautiful here! Our hotel is right on the beach, so you see palm trees but then there's a giant volcano in the...

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