Marzamemi is a seaside village near Pachino, in Sicily.
The village was born around the landing, then became fishing harbor and has developed thanks to the latter activity, very practiced even today, equipping itself also a Tonnara, among the most important of the Sicily. The Tonnara Marzamemi dates back to the time of the domination of the Arabs in Sicily. In 1630 was sold by the owner to the Principe di Villadorata. The Villadorata potenziarono buildings of the Tonnara and leading from Avola and from Syracuse of skilled carpenters, which then remained residents to Marzamemi. In 1752 they built the palace and the church of tonnara, and Le Casette sailors. In 1912 was built to Marzamemi one processing plant of salted tuna and later of the tuna fish in oil. The fishing of the tonnara was abundant until the postwar period.
From the port of Marzamemi, in the past, departed also ships transporting large quantities of wine produced locally toward the various ports of the peninsula. Additional source of development is the fishing and the processing of fish products: famous is, for example, the bottarga of bluefin tuna processed using antique handmade drying systems derived from the Arab culture-Fenicia. Marzamemi possesses a beautiful beach: in recent years, has focused on tourism, offering the possibility of numerous landings equipped for recreational craft. In summer the population increases considerably, thanks also to the residential settlements arose in the vicinity of the ancient village.
In the month of August the Catholics celebrate Francesco di Paola, from their venerated as a saint, with a procession of boats, cuccagna at sea and a regatta.
In 1993 the historic village was used as a location by director Gabriele Salvatores for the film South, starring actors Silvio Orlando, Claudio Bisio and Francesca Neri.
From 2000 Marzamemi hosts the Festival of Cinema of frontier.