Marzamemi and Portopalo are both etymologically linked to a harbor. The former from Arab Marsâ ‘al Hamâm ‘Harbour of the Dove’ and the latter from Latin Portus Palorum ‘Harbour of the Poles’. These two small coastal built-up areas rose around two of the most important tuna fisheries in Sicily in the 18th century. Nonetheless, these sites show traces of an older Greek presence as it is signaled by the great coastal quarry of Marzamemi and by the ruins of a Hellenistic-Roman fish factory.
Thanks to our private guided tour, we will go through the long history of these places that have witnessed the symbiotic and uninterrupted relationship between human beings and the sea.