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Townhouse Araba Fenice

Restored and elegant townhouse
in the heart of Noto

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  • Bedrooms

  • Bathrooms


L’Araba Fenice is a 17th century palazzetto overlooking one of the splendid Baroque piazzas of Noto’s beautifully restored historic centre. A private three-storey palace, it has been restored by its interior-designer owner in a playful contemporary style that nevertheless preserves the essential Sicilian character...

Weekly prices bedrooms 4, sleeps  7
7 January – 25 March € 2600
25 March – 23 September € 3500
23 September – 16 December €2600
16 December – 07 January 2018 €3500

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Refundable at the departure less any damages € 2000

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The palace was built — like the rest of Noto — after the original town was completely destroyed by an earth-quake in 1693. The new town — designed by Spanish-Sicilian aristocrat Giuseppe Lanza Duke of Camastra — is recognised as one of the finest examples of urban planning in Europe, earning Noto a significant place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Recently restored, Noto has become one of the most fashionable and fascinat-ing destinations in Sicily.
The three-storey Palazzetto, covering around 250 square meters, has two reception rooms and two dining areas – a room inside for winter and outside on a romantic open loggia in summer. There are four bedrooms, two of which have freestanding clawfoot bathtubs, and four bathrooms. On the top floor is a terrace from which there are magnificent views over the Baroque town.


First floor:
Dining room
Living room
2 queen size bedrooms with an ensuite bathroom with shower
1 single bedroom and ensuite bathroom
Second floor
Elegant well-equipped kitchen
Outdoor dining area (covered)
Bedroom with queen size bed
Bathroom with shower and Jacuzzi

Top floor
Small roof terrace


  • A/C
  • Heating
  • Fireplace
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • TV Sat
  • Oven
  • HI-Fi
  • DVD player
  • Coffee machine
  • Microwave
  • Wi-Fi

We like

We love the decor with its witty contemporary twists on traditional Baroque. Attention has been paid not only to every room, but to every element — from the multifaceted mirror, to a collection of candelabra and a model of a little white pick-up truck. Yet it is never over-cluttered!
The loggia with its views of a Baroque church — perfect for lunch and dinner from spring until early autumn.
Noto is beautiful, and has many other Baroque towns within easy reach. We love that the wild beaches of Vendicari are just down the road. We also loved exploring the ruins of Noto Antica and following a footpath along the river below it to river pools where we could swim.
Noto’s ice cream….it is stupendous!
The very special taxi service linked to the property – an Ape Taxi. An Ape is the traditional three-wheeler pickup truck used all over rural Sicily

We Think

This elegant palazzetto is a wonderful setting for a family or group of friends.
Perfect for anyone who wants to stay in a beautiful historic town with fantastic ar-chitecture, yet be just a short drive from the beach and the lovely countryside around Noto.


  •  Catania airport 56 miles
  •  Comiso airport 39 miles
  •  Noto’s beach 4.5 miles
  •  Vendicari reserve  7 miles
  •  Siracusa 19.8 miles

Some things not to miss in you are staying at the Araba Fenice.

  • Visit the Cathedral and the church of Santa Chiara in Noto.
  • Go to the beach in San Lorenzo, known for its golden sand and crystal clear water; great lido Agua.
  • Visit the village of Marzamemi, dine at Cialoma in square.
  • Spend a day in the natural oasis of Vendicari.
  • Bathing the beach of CalaMosche, famous for its beauty
  • Visit Syracuse and if it matches the period attend the Greek tragedies that this year will be represented from 13 May to 26 June in the ancient greek theater and whose programming includes three different shows: Sophocles’ Electra – Alcestis by Euripides – Phaedra Seneca.


Our favorite home

5 5 1
We are having a wonderful stay at L'araba Fenice. The home is our favorite of any home we've rented in the past.It's comfortable, beautifully designed, and in the perfect location!We went to a nature reserve called Pantalica a few times to walk and ate lunch at a great agroturismo.The owner recommended a restaurant in Noto which we have also enjoyed very much.We can't wait to return We loved this luxury rentals villa in italy. We wanted to thank you for all the services. Conchetta was wonderful!

Thank you

5 5 1
We wanted to thank you for all the service. Concetta was wonderful! We met the owner as we were 1/2 hour late the house...( our apologies). He was very nice and a gentleman. We will always use your agency when we come back to Sicily