The road leading up the città vecchia, the old Noto, is signposted for the Eremo di San Corrado fuori le Mura, set amidst a lush vegetation. Near the 1700’s sanctuary, is the grotto where the saint refuged and lived in the 14th century. Return to the main road to the Santuario di Maria della Scala. Inside, beside the baptismal font, is a fine arch in the Arab-Norman style. A little further on was the old Noto, destroyed by the terrible 1693 earthquake.