Marzamemi: the old fisher village
Marzamemi is a charming fishing village that grew up around the now abandoned tuna fishing plant. Here tuna fish were processed and inside you can still see some reminders of this ancient maritime activity: boats, warehouses and various tools. The name of the village is of Arabic origin and derives from ’Marsà al Hamen’ (anchorage of the turtledoves) or ’Marza-memi’ (small port). The square with the church, the single storey houses and the 18th century home of the Princes of Villadorata have been used several times for shooting scenes in films by Gabriele Salvatores and Giuseppe Tornatore. The writer Vitaliano Brancati lived in the characteristic red house on the romantic island in the bay. We recommend attending the summer Fish and Wine Festival and the charming procession of boats in honor of Saint Francis. Among the places to spend the evening we suggest the pub with music Boa, the café AI Ciclope 2, famous for its pastries (we recommend the gianduia slice), the bar and ice-cream parlour La Balata in via Villa Dorata 14, where you can taste excellent ice-creams and ’granite’, and the discotheque Moby Dick.