Palazzo Ducezio

Noto, Italy

Inspired by French palace architecture of the 17th century, graceful, porticoed Palazzo Ducezio is one of architect Vincenzo Sinatra's finest works. The lower level, dating from the mid-18th-century, houses the jewel-box Sala degli Specchi (Hall of Mirrors), a richly stuccoed, Louis XV-style room once used as a small theatre. The top floor, built in the mid-20th-century, offers a panoramic terrace with level views of Noto's cathedral.

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Founded: 1746-1830
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy

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Dan M (12 months ago)
One of the beautiful Palaces in Notto. As you'll walk Notto's main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele III, you'll see this palace right in front of Notto's Cathedral. It is not as interesting nor beautiful inside as Nicolaci Palace but still worth your time. The pictures you can take there are beautiful with the wide space and stairs in front of the Cathedral . As always I do recommend you take a break at Caffe Sicilia, famous in Sicily itself, to taste its delicacies: special cakes and a granita. I wouldn't say they are the best in Italy, but they are very good and as Notto is famous also because of this Caffe, try not to miss it so you won't hear from your friends you had a Fomo there.
Iwo Skwierawski (2 years ago)
Very nice place. I meant palace. Whatever...
Dopesandwitch (2 years ago)
In my opinion this is the best town in east sicilia. This building proves it.
vuvuzilla footman (3 years ago)
Beautiful building but do NOT let small kids wander around it — the gallery around the building’s ground floor rises to between 2 and 5 meters high without ANY fence or barrier whatsoever. If you let a small kid run around the building you will be risking their death. Extremely unsafe.
Corbon80 (3 years ago)
Really nice baroque building, the mirrors room inside can also be visited, definitely worth the visit.
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