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Meet Avola

An old tuna fishing port, Avola has the open piazzas adorned with palm trees you’d expect of an Italian destination and is surrounded by almond groves and citrus farms to add a splash of color to the ancient town.

Avola is perhaps most famous for its rich red wine, called Nero d’Avola, but it has so much more to offer visitors than grapes and wine. It's a quaint Sicilian seaside town in the province of Syracuse, which boasts a historical port, pleasant Mediterranean climate, and verdant surroundings. Not too far from the provincial capital, Syracuse, Avola is one of the province's hidden gems, which is understated in its charm but full of surprises. Take the nearby nature reserve, for example, a true nature-lovers paradise with a canyon and several fresh lakes if you fancy a refreshing dip. Then there’s the pristine beach, Tonnara di Avola, which is named so for the abundance of tuna you’ll find swimming around in the sea. There’s also the family-run winery, which provides a unique experience complete with wine-tastings and mouth-watering charcuterie boards.

Where to live in Avola

As a small town of just 30,000 or so inhabitants, there aren’t registered neighborhoods in the area as such, and instead, Avola counts as one large district with smaller areas within it. With that in mind, we’ll consider the surrounding areas of Avola too, to give you a good idea of what to expect.

Best Neighborhoods in Avola

While there aren’t official neighborhoods per se, the small town of Avola can be broken up into different areas, such as the old town and the beach. As well as the areas of Avola, we will also take a look at some nearby locations, so you can decide what the best move is for you.

Amazing Apartments, Coliving Spaces and More

We've been rounded up the best housing options in Avola. All are available on flexible terms, so you can stay one month or as long as you want

Eucaliptus Sea View Apartment


Wellness House Galilei Apartment B


Wellness House Galilei Apartment A


Wellness House Galilei Apartment C


Wellness House Galilei Apartment E


Quick Facts About Avola

Avola is a quiet Sicilian town, but that’s not to say it doesn’t have an interesting past and plenty of reasons to stick around. Here are a few of the most interesting facts about the city, to help you get a better idea of its past and what it has to offer today:

Work in Avola

Since Avola is a smaller town, we’ll focus on Sicily’s top employers to give you an idea of what kind of work is available on the island. Sicily’s biggest employer is STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor company that creates analog chips and deals in electronic manufacturing. Pfizer is also a top employer on the island, which covers the industry of pharmaceuticals and biotech. You can also find airline company Easyjet and general merchandise company Leroy Merlin here.

How good is Avola for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Avola. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Avola for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Avola

For the most part, it’s safe to assume that just about anywhere you go in Italy is going to have a tasty dish or two to sample. Avola is no exception, and of particular note are the many delightful seafood dishes with locally sourced fish. One of the best restaurants in Avola is Ristorante La Prua, which boasts the use of quality ingredients and gastronomic innovation. Here you’ll find a range of exquisite dishes to tantalize the taste buds, mostly focussing on fresh seafood. Retrogusto comes highly recommended, too, offering up generous Italian pasta dishes and divine seafood and shellfish. If you prefer meat to fish, you might instead like to try out the Summeat Steakhouse, which serves up sizzling steaks and delicious vegetables. Don Beach is the place to go if you want a refreshing drink close to the sea, with a range of curious cocktails on offer. Roxy bar is another good choice, with a wide assortment of drinks and refreshing ‘gelatos’ and sweet treats to go with them.



Top 6 Things To Do in Avola

Once you’re done admiring the old fishing town charm of Avola, there are plenty of places to explore and events to experience in the area. For example, the Cantina Palmeri makes for a great day out, as you can explore one of the wineries behind the great Sicilian red wine Nero d’Avola while enjoying a charcuterie board or two. Then there’s the several beautiful beaches and the port, which are perfect spots to rest after a busy day’s work. When you’re feeling more adventurous, a simple 30-minute drive will get you to the incredible Cavagrande del Cassibile nature reserve, which is an idyllic retreat for when you want to swap buildings for trees.

Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi

Viale Teocrito, 66, Siracusa


Oasi Gelsomineto



Chiesa parrocchiale Santa Venera

Piazza Teatro, 6, Avola


Noto Cathedral

Piazza del Municipio, Noto


Fountain of Diana

Piazza Archimede, Siracusa


Nicolaci Palace

Via Corrado Nicolaci, Noto