Marzamemi and Portopalo di Capo Passero are two locations in South Eastern Sicily. Portopalo di Capo Passero is considered the southernmost point of all Sicily. The two localities are located in the Municipality of Pachino, known to most for the production of the famous PGI tomatoes.
Portopalo di Capopassero
The town is 58 kilometers from Syracuse and is the southernmost municipality of the Sicilian island, but not of Italy (although being below the parallel of Tunis, the municipality of Lampedusa and Linosa is more southern). Its territory includes the island of Capo Passero, a few tens of meters from the mainland, and the island of the Correnti few kilometers further south. The former was once a peninsula, while the latter still becomes it during the low tide.
It is a predominantly agricultural and seafaring center and based on these activities it bases its economic fortunes. The village is bathed by the two seas: the Ionian and the rest of the Mediterranean.
On the Ionian it was once the small port where the fishermen’s houses are still present, even if almost falling. To the east stands the island of Capo Passero where stands the Spanish fortress [without source] dominated by an imposing bronze statue of the Madonna.
The Cozzo Spadaro meteorological station, officially recognized by the World Meteorological Organization and managed by the Meteorological Service of the Italian Air Force, is located in the municipal area near the lighthouse of the Navy of the homonymous locality.
The climate is Mediterranean, characterized by hot summers (mitigated by the sea breeze) and mild and rainy winters.
is a seaside village of the municipality of Pachino from which it is about 2 km, it is also located 20 km from Noto, capital of the Baroque. It is located in the province of Syracuse.
From the port of Marzamemi, in the past, ships were also transporting large quantities of locally produced wine to the various ports of the peninsula. The wine was also transported by freight trains to various foreign locations, as Marzamemi was provided with a railway station.
Until December 31, 1985, it was also reachable by train travelers from Syracuse and Noto, along the territory of the nature reserve oriented Oasis Vendicari, reaches Pachino.
Another source of development is the fishing and processing of fish products: famous is, for example, the bluefin tuna roe, worked using artisanal ancient drying systems derived from the Arab-Phoenician culture.
Marzamemi has a beautiful beach, in the Spinazza area: in recent years, it has focused on tourism, offering the possibility of numerous docks equipped for pleasure craft. In summer, the population increases considerably, thanks also to the residential settlements built near the ancient village.