Noto in Sicily Best places to visit Ducezio Palace
It is the seat of the Municipality and it is situated in front of Cathedral so to signify the connection between the two powers; that of the state, and that of the church. Its moderate height, and the magnificence of the cathedral which tower over it, make it appear modest in dimension.
The palace was built on a plan by architect Vincenzo Sinatra, who worked on it for more than ten years. The original plan was of one floor and was inspired by French architecture as for the semi-circular entrance, the narrow corners, the oval reception-hall, and the central dome. In 1950, another floor was added and this altered the original plan. Nevertheless, the building retains a certain uniformity and fits perfectly into the surroundings.
Internally, the reception-hall called “the Hall of Mirrors”, oval-shaped, was enriched with ornaments and gold of Luigi XV style and sumptuous mirrors of the end of the nineteenth century. A great and magnificent fresco, by Antonio Mazza, may be seen on the vault, and this depicts King Ducezio who is indicating the place where the old city of NEAI, was to be built. This city was the King’s homeland in the IV century b.C, and was to be built in order to confront enemies.