Sicily DMC – Marzamemi is an ancient fishing village famous for its tonnara= tuna fishery. The small seaside town is 2 km away from Pachino, in the province of Syracuse. To reach it, you can land at Catania airport (100 km away) or at Comiso airport (75 km away). Interbus buses leave from Catania and reach Pachino. If you move by train, however, you get to Noto and from here you can take a bus. Finally, by car, you must take the Messina / Catania / Siracusa / Gela highway and exit at Noto, where the provincial road for Pachino starts (Sicily DMC- Marzamemi).
It is an evocative place with its fishing soul. Its Tonnara is one of the most important in all of Sicily, and dates back to the time of Arab domination. Although in recent years the resort has focused heavily on tourism, thanks to its beautiful beach and the port equipped to dock pleasure boats, its luck is still today mainly in fish products such as bottarga and bluefin tuna belly, and wine: Nero d’Avola is produced here, one of the most famous Italian wines. Without forgetting the Pachino tomato, a PGI product that takes its name from the village of which Marzamemi is a fraction.
In addition to swimming in its transparent waters, and fish-based dinners with your feet in the sea, there are many activities that can be organized in the surrounding area. Between the village and Noto stands the nature reserve oriented Vendicari Wildlife Oasis, very important for the presence of marshes that act as a resting place in the migration of birds, but also rich in remains of the Greek era. Among the jewels kept by the Reserve, the Sveva Tower and the Tonnara di Vendicari.
If in the city you cannot miss the splendid Tonnara di Marzamemi, perhaps having the good fortune to participate in one of the many events that are organized here, just outside it is possible to organize boat trips or tours to the cities that are not far away. Two above all, Noto – the capital of the Baroque – and Syracuse. But even beach lovers in Marzamemi don’t have to be bored: immediately after entering the village, there is a small little-visited beach with crystal clear water. While, going further, an unmissable stop is at the Isola delle Correnti beach, where the Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea meet.
But Marzamemi even has its own island, it is Isola Piccola: located in front of the port, it is characterized by the presence of a burgundy colored villa. Vitaliano Brancati, a famous playwright, often stayed here, and earned the island the nickname “Isolotto Brancati”. But even simply walking through the alleys of Marzamemi is a unique experience. An experience that every traveler will always keep in their hearts.
The Museum of the Sea will soon be built in Marzamemi where it will be possible to see a series of underwater archeology finds. The location will be the church of San Francesco di Paola which is currently at the center of a restoration and redevelopment project.
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