At Palermo the capitulation secured to the Saracens the full enjoyment of their own laws; Girgenti was long mainly Saracen; in Val di Noto the Saracens kept towns and castles of their own.
Syracuse Caltagirone, Noto, Piazza-Armerina.
Here, however, the buds are lateral, though produced from a budding may be defective upon one or other of the noto a b FIG.
3 Netum (Noto) and Helorum, both to the S.S.W.
In March 1086 Syracuse surrendered, and when in February 1091 Noto yielded the conquest was complete.
The archiepiscopal sees (the suffragan sees, if any, being placed after each in brackets) are Catania (Acireale), Messina (Lipari, Nicosia, Patti), Monreale (Caltanissetta, Girgenti), Palermo (Cefalu, Mazara, Trapani), Syracuse (Caltagirone, Noto, Piazza Armerina).
Typical cemeteries are those of Monte Finocchito near Noto, of Noto itself, of Pantalica and of Leontini.
This is into three valleys, known in later forms of language as Val di Mazzara or Mazza in the N.W., Val di Noto in the S.E.
The chief work of the next ten years was the conquest of the Val di Noto, but the first great advance was made elsewhere.
At last, in 859, the very centre of the island, the stronghold of Henna, was taken, and the main part of Val di Noto followed.
Noto held out till 1090.
GIOVANNI AURISPA (c. 1 37 0 - 1 459), one of the learned Italians of the 15th century, who did so much to promote the revival of the study of Greek in Italy, was born at Noto in Sicily.