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A holiday "Made in Italy" is tailor-made for you The richest artistic heritage in the world, the warmth of the Mediterranean, breath-taking landscapes, extraordinary variety of flavours and great events for Expo 2015: live an unforgettable holiday. There's so much more in Italy.
A visit to the Val di Noto is a discovery of an exciting chapter in the history of man. Following the terrible earthquake of 1693, the people of the Noto Valley were amazingly adept in reconstructing their cities with brand new criteria and with incredible imagination, all in the matter of decades. Indeed, the tale of the Sicilian Baroque expresses a return to life and a certain joie de vivre in the face of the disastrous event. Noto is one of the pearls on a strand of Baroque art cities in Val di Noto that, in 2002, were also named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Vicenza and the surrounding province feature ancient history and traditions that are closely tied to the name Andrea Palladio, the architect whose genius influenced architectonic tastes and tendencies throughout the entire world. This territory, abounding with villas, palaces and gorgeous countryside, inspired the greatest writers in 1900s Italy, and enchanted authors from other continents, especially Jorge Luis Borges, who was said to have been left breathless when he saw the marvelous Teatro Olimpico.