N° 8: Marzamemi is a tuna fishing village
Ancient villages: Tonnara of Marzamemi and the mosaic at the time of the Romans (Villa del Tellaro).We are in the Val di Noto.

We will meet you at your hotel at 09:00 am to return at 5:00 pm.  We recommend using a local tour guide to thoroughly enjoy these antique villages.


Marzamemi is a fishing village in the Siracusa’s Southern coast. In the second  half of the  19th century, a harbour  was  built  near the  already existing  tuna-fishery  and the 1600’s villa of the Princes of  Villadorata. The  Tonnara is a complex where the activity of fishing, processing the  fish and selling it  took  place. Marzamemi is a small fishing village built  around  the Tonnara. The main attraction is the square  where  you will find the two churches and the old fishermen's houses, some of which are transformed into ice creame shops, bars and restaurants. Enjoy a drink before lunch in the square, it's absolutely fantastic.


There  are some  nice restaurants and shops with local food/fashion and books about  sicily and its history. There is also a shop that produces many local tuna specialties such as salted tuna, ‘bottarga’ (salted tuna fish eggs), tuna sausage and many more local products. Sometimes musicians play in the square and there is a quaint little market as well. Local people come  down to the square  with  a  chair  and if their lucky they have a spot to enjoy  the  evening and the breeze. It is really an  amazing little  place with the beach only a 10 minute walk away.The sea is crystal clear and the water is so warm you can swim for hours.  The tour  continues with a visit to  the  Villa  del Tellaro  that  is very  similar to the famous Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina and here we can admire  the decorations made entirely of mosaic.  The Villa Romana del Tellaro is  a  Roman  villa  dating from the late Roman Empire on Sicily in Southern Italy.  It is  located South of  Noto. For lunch we recommend a seaside restaurant in the center of Marzamemi or alternatively  a local vinyard with wine tasting of the best Sicilian wines very famous in the area.


You can do this tour if you stay in Ragusa, Catania, Noto, Syracuse, Agrigento.



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