Villa Raphael

Avola, Siracusa

An uber contemporary villa set in manicured gardens with pool, close to coast and baroque beauty Noto


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


This swish villa sits in an enclave of new builds in a well-developed part of Avola. You have your own garden and pool for cooling off. Arrive to a welcome basket with coffee pods, a bottle of local d’Avola wine and some olive oil – everything else you’ll need to buy.

Easy for eating out – it’s just a few paces to the nearest restaurant. Pack a bag for the beach – it’s about 5 minutes to the closest (often busy) one; there are stunning, less crowded beaches a short drive away – Spiaggia della Marchesa is unspoilt. Head into the old town for beautiful churches; sit at a cafe in Piazza Umberto, the main square, and feel like a local; eat at the new Ci Vulia restaurant opened by a renowned local fishmonger.

For wild swimming get in the car to Cavagrande Nature Reserve (14 kilometres) in the Hyblaean Mountains, a series of canyons carved out by the river, bursting with Mediterranean flora and fauna and natural pools. As the sun sets gather on the roof terrace, cold drink in hand, and gaze out over houses to the sea and mountains beyond. In low season the villa can be split into two apartments.

Roof top terrace on Villa Raphael with table and chairs for guests to eat

We think you'll love

  • Being a short walk from the coast, restaurants and Avola old town
  • The brand-new, sleek elegance of the villa
  • Sitting out on the roof terrace every evening
Outdoor shared swimming pool of Villa Raphael in Sicily, Italy

You should know

  • You’re on the road in a residential area
  • When you book as two apartments you share the garden and pool
  • You're overlooked by neighbouring houses


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
After 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
Restaurants 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €285
Weekly price
from €2000
Damage deposit
Extra bed available at an extra charge.
1 House for 8
From €2856 beds4 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Being in the residential part of Avola means you can walk to cafes, bars and a good restaurant – Domus - when you don’t feel like cooking. There’s a beach within easy reach and the old town is only about ten minutes on foot. The baroque jewel, Noto, is 20 minutes by car and although stunning at any time of the day it’s worth walking down the elegant Corso Vittorio Emanuele in the evening as the grand palazzi and churches glow in the fading light.

Local points of interest from Floriana Faraci

  • Cavagrande Canyon: amazing natural pools in the middle of a canyon full of vegetation. After 30 minutes walking down from above the mountain to the canyon you reach the amazing pools. Enjoy the fresh water or just relax on the rocks!
  • You’re a 10-minute stroll from Noto’s Cathedral that is one of the most beautiful and famous expressions of Noto. It's the finest examples of Sicilian Baroque!
  • Syracuse: a city among the most noble and elegant from all over the Mediterranean Sea. You will love the island of Ortigia, historical heart of the city of Syracuse.
  • Wildlife Oasis of Vendicari (15 minutes away): you will find yourself frequently in front of breath-taking landscapes, dense vegetation that suddenly opens to a clear sea, very long and golden beaches.
  • Avola seafront (Lungomare Tremoli): 300 m walk away from Villa Raphael: snorkeling, hiking, good seafood, miles of beaches and pure sea…That’s Avola!


Floriana Faraci

Owner Floriana lives in London but grew up in Avola; she leaves guests personal recommendations for the best restaurants, beaches and places to visit. You are left to get on with it yourself but Floriana’s mother lives next door to the apartments and is on hand should you need her.