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Avola (Siracusa Province) is 25 km from Siracusa, alt. 40 m, near the Ionian coast, dominating the Gulf of Noto, area 74.3 sq km, pop. 31,808, post-code 96012, tel. 0931. Agricultural and industrial economy: almonds and marble.

The modern town, built in 1695 by Prince Nicolo Aragona Pignatelli, stands 8.5 km from Avola Antica, which already existed in Byzantine and Arab times and was destroyed by the 1693 earthquake. The new town was given a hexagonal layout; it has a central square with four streets leading out from it, terminating in four more squares.

Of interest: The Theatre, built in the 19th century.

Churches (Noto Diocese) include the following:

S. Sebastiano (Chiesa Madre)
Chiesa dell'Annunziata or della Badia (18th century, historic)
Madonna del Carmine
S. Giovanni Battista
S. Maria di Gesu'
S. Paolo Apostolo
Sacro Cuore
San Nicolo (18th century)
Sant'Antonio Abate (18th century)
Santa Venera (18th century)

Links to other sites about Avola include:

Italian Wikipedia
Italian Towns
Italian Postal Codes
Sicily Web
Sicilian Net

My latest book on CD is titled Sicily - A Reference for Researchers and is now available. With a file for each town (plus many other files), it relates the history of Sicily as reflected in the photos, records and festivals of its towns. It contains over 2500 text and photo files and can be ordered at CD order.

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