Just 40km south of Syracuse , Noto the capital town of Southeastern Sicilian Baroque style. Rebuilt after the catastrophic earthquake of 1693, the town was moved from its original setting and in one hundred years was raised up from its ashes. Its regular layout sees an endless development of churches and buildings down its main street with belly-balconies, rich decorations and surprising sculptures that seem to look at you from every corner. The final result of ornate stone dressed work is awe inspriring. Everything culminates in the Villodorata building, with the whimisical sculputors ultimate expression of the period’s fantasy.