Places We Love: Marzamemi, Sicily


Marzamemi a small 18th century borgo in the southeast point of Sicliy between Pachino (famous for its tomatoes!) and the lovely Vendicari marine reserve, another BVI favorite.  The word Marzamemi is an Arabi, “Marsa al hamen” which means Rada of Doves. The name comes from the abundant passage of these birds of spring. This little special spot is almost completely surrounded by the Ionian Sea and actually below sea level. The once “business” of Maramemi was tuna.  The inhabitants of this village were fisherman who participated in the “mattanza” (literally the slaughter), which was second only to the one on the island of Favignana, and most of the buildings once made up the “tonnara” or tuna packing factory. Now it is a thriving hamlet of restaurants, shops, cafes and apartments rentals that doesn’t stray from its old world charm.  It’s a wonderful place to experience a wonderful combination of old Sicily with the new AND a nice base for exploring one of our favorite parts of Sicily (note, you can visit any of the following in under an hour: Noto, Siracusa, Modica, Vendicari and Siracusa).

Venite e scoprite cosa c’è!