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Basilica of San Salvatore (Basilica del SS. Salvatore)
Basilica of San Salvatore (Basilica del SS. Salvatore)

Basilica of San Salvatore (Basilica del SS. Salvatore)

Free admission
Palazzo Ducezio, Noto, Sicily

The basics

The basilica is part of a former Benedictine monastery and the largest baroque structure in Noto, sitting along the elegant Corso Vittorio Emanuele across from the ornate churches of San Francesco d’Assisi all’Immacolata and Santa Chiara. Explore the city’s sublime historic center with a private or small-group walking tour to discover the history and architecture of its most important palaces and churches, including the Basilica del Santissimo Salvatore. Most walking tours also take in the town’s ornate cathedral and churches of San Domenico and San Carlo al Corso, as well as Palazzo Ducezio in Piazza Municipio.

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Things to know before you go

  • Walking tours of Noto spend a significant amount of time under the hot Sicilian sun, so wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • Attire covering shoulders and knees is required to enter Noto’s historic churches.
  • The old town is crisscrossed with steep, narrow lanes and pedestrian staircases, so can be challenging to explore in a wheelchair.
  • Noto is one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily, a paradise for photographers.
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How to get there

The Basilica del Santissimo Salvatore is located along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the main street through the center of Noto. The city is 40 minutes from Syracuse and there is a bus service between the two cities, but the best way to visit Noto is with a guided tour that includes transportation.

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When to get there

Many of Noto’s most historic churches and palaces close briefly at midday, so the best time to tour the city is in the morning or afternoon. The baroque facades in the historic center are particularly photogenic in the golden hours around sunset.

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Highlights of the Basilica del Santissimo Salvatore

As part of a larger monastic complex, the basilica is surrounded by a maze of small courtyards and gardens planted with olive and lemon trees, as well as a striking pyramid-topped bell tower. The interiors are intricately painted in blue, pink, and gold, and the vault is frescoed with a magnificent rendering of the Descent of the Holy Spirit.

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