During the Arab domination Noto functioned as the “capovallo”, or administrative center of reference, hence the name Val di Noto. The 8 cities that make up the site are found in the southeast part of Sicily: Caltagirone, Militello, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa, and Scicli. Every one of these cities was rebuilt after 1693 earthquake, which razed entire city centers and devastated the urban memory of the area. These cities, completely reconstructed to be masterpieces of art and late 17th century baroque architecture, are the facade of this side of Sicily. The elegant buildings and churches with invaluable interiors and breathtaking exteriors make this location an exceptional example of the architectonic influence on the island and the greatest expression of the Late-Baroque style. To lose yourself in the little streets and tunnels of the city is the best way to evoke the stories of its glorious past. The Val di Noto became a World Heritage Site in 2005.