Gems of Italy – Marzamemi
The seaside village of Marzamemi is one of the best known and most fascinating places in Sicily.
It is a small town whose history has been marked by fishing. It is a paradise of stone and color, to be discovered slowly to admire its most beautiful views.Dominating the small town with its stone dwellings is its “tonnara”, dating back to the time of the Arabs. It was remodeled over the years by the prince of Villadorata who had the entire village built around the tonnara.
Today its fishermen still use colorful boats, but the vocation of the country has become tourist.
The ancient village is a vast pedestrian area full of clubs, characteristic shops and restaurants where you can taste excellent fish. The Piazza Regina Margherita is of a timeless beauty and it overlooks the two churches of the village dedicated both to the Patron Saint, St. Francis of Paola, the Palace of Villadorata and, all around, the fishermen’s houses, dating back to the 1600s.
Certainly, the most characteristic is the Casa del Forno (House of the Oven), probably the ancient bakery of the country. In the surroundings of Marzamemi there are some of the most beautiful pristine beaches in Sicily, some of which are located within the Vendicari Nature Reserve.
Visit and wine tasting at Planeta Winery Buonivini in Noto, cradle of Nero d’ Avola.
The estate was founded in the district which, not surprisingly, has always been called “Buonivini”. The “Case Sparse” have been renovated, small rural houses, in an authentic and ideal atmosphere, made comfortable by the furnishings produced with recycled materials. After visiting the ” Invisible Winery” and a wine tasting, lunch is available in the rooms of the old wine press or with a picnic in the shade of carob trees enjoying the typical products of the territory.
Where to eat
Enjoy the best of ancient Sicilian cuisine, revisited with a pinch of creativity, on an exclusive terrace overlooking the sea. Opened in summer 2017 by Chef Roberto Pirelli, ViDi restaurant became one of the best restaurants in Sicily and in Italy. The Europe southern restaurant or…if you prefere…in the heart of Mediterranean sea. ViDi…look back to the past with modern eyes!
Where to stay
Located in the heart of Noto, perhaps the finest baroque town in Sicily, Seven Rooms Villadorata extends throughout the south wing of the Nicolaci Palace and offers its guests a taste of the Sicilian aristocracy powerful fascination and refine hospitality.
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