Marzamemi

Marzamemi

Marzamemi is a country ruled the city of Pachino which is about 3 km and even the city of Noto which is 20 km away. It is located in the province of Syracuse. The name comes from the Arabic al-Hamam Marsà which means “Bay of Doves”, since the area is the passage of small birds during migration. The village was born around the landing, which later became fishing port, and developed thanks to this activity, widely practiced even today, also building a tuna-fishing nets of the most important in Sicily. This tuna-fishing nets at Marzamemi dates from the time of the domination of the Arabs in Sicily. In 1630 it was sold by the owner to the Prince of Villadorata. The peoples of Villadorata provide improvements to buildings of the tuna-fishing nets helped by skilled carpenters from Avola and Syracuse who moved to Marzamemi.

In 1752 they built the palace and the church of the tuna-fishing nets and houses of sailors. In 1912 it was built a factory for the processing of salted tuna and later the tuna in oil. Fishing for tuna was plentiful until the postwar period.
From the port of Marzamemi, in the past, they were leaving many ships that carried wine Local products to the different ports of the island. Wine was also transported by freight trains to various locations overseas. Until December 31, 1985 was also reached by trains from Syracuse and Noto, along the territory of the Vendicari Reserve, to Pachino.

Further development is a source of fishing and processing of fish products: famous is, for example, the bottarga of bluefin tuna, processed by hand using ancient drying systems derived from the Arabic-Phoenician culture. Marzamemi has a beautiful beach: in recent years, has focused on tourism, offering the possibility of numerous landings equipped for tourist boats. In summer, the population dramatically, thanks to increased housing developments sprung up near the ancient village. In August it celebrates St. Francis with a procession of boats in the sea. Since 2000 Marzamemi has become the home of the Festival Film Frontier.