Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Avola (classic Abolla), a port of Sicily, 12 miles from Syracuse. It stands on the ruins of a former town destroyed by earthquake in 1693. The honey of Hybla was exported hence, sugar is grown here, and the wines and fruits are excellent. A large coasting trade is done with Italy. A curious subterranean passage has been formed in the neighbourhood by the waters of the river Cassibilli.