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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april HERBERT (9 months ago)
It's a working building, not a Palace. The hall of mirrors is a normal size room with a couple of large mirrors. So many better places to go in Noto- don't bother with this one.
Simon Rose (9 months ago)
Staff very friendly and helpful, there was a working meeting in the main chamber so only the hall of mirrors open. It's not expensive to visit either. Notto is beautiful, there are loads of wonderful sights, it's just really just not worth the bother visiting this too. There were 2 large mirrors in the hall of mirrors..it was almost Monty Python surreal....
Dani D (10 months ago)
Nice views from the terrace, but inside of the building is nothing special as it is a working building. Don’t bother paying €1 extra for the “hall of mirrors” as it was very underwhelming.
Vincenzo Joris (10 months ago)
Completely illegal operation. They don’t accept card, in 2022. Asked for a receipt, could not do it cause “there’s no internet”. Lady at the reception was very nice. The management should be in prison.
Dominique Grass (2 years ago)
Gorgeous. Pay 5 Euros to go inside and upstairs, and to see the theater nearby. Upstairs, the meeting room of the city council takes you to the long, U-shaped balcony, providing you with an unique view at this beautiful mid-size city. There is even a free guide, who can tell tell you not only about the palace, but about all the historic buildings of the city - unexpected, pleasant surprise.
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