Marzamemi, a Sicilian seaside village


On our way home from the beach a couple of weeks ago, we decided to visit a sweet little seaside town called Marzamemi (mar-tzah-may-mee).  Once the most important tuna processing plant on the island, it now relies more on tourism than on tuna.  We visited just as the sun was setting and the colors of the town came alive.

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Local specialties: tuna and sundried tomatoes in olive oil.  I could not get enough of the tomatoes… yum! becca-garber-marzamemi-sicily-4



Artisans set up tables of handmade pottery, jewelry, and friendship bracelets (are they the rage everywhere now??) along the harbor.



There were so many boys selling toys on these rolling metal frames.  Lena was bedazzled by them, particularly the balloons.  There’s something in her eyes when she sees a balloon that just makes me want to buy one for her every time!   (But we don’t.)


Catching crabs.




Simple dinner: arancini and pizza.  Arancini (Sicilian rice balls) are usually stuffed with things like prosciutto and cheese, but these were stuffed with salmon, mixed seafood, and squid.  The black one had squid ink in it!


Gil was so determined to get a mouthful of the squid arancino!  In the main piazza of the town, Elliott and Lena danced to music as people set up for a concert later that night.


Elliott listened to the music playing in the piazza and said, “This sounds familiar, like the theme song to The Last of the Mohicans or something like that.”  I Shazam’d it on my phone… and he was right.  Wowzers.


Love the single turquoise chair.


Couldn’t leave without a cupful of this!


Goodnight, Marzamemi!

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4 Responses to Marzamemi, a Sicilian seaside village

  1. Pai August 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Wow. Just wow. Fantastic pics and commentary. Thanks for that slice of life that reminds me, for some reason, of munching on marzipan in the middle east. I’m a thinkin’ that each one of these pics will hold memories that will unfold down through the years like a treasured and much loved old book. Hugs.

  2. Jess August 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Looks so quaint and cute. I love that pottery! I’m baffled by the fact that the only ice cream place in steamboat is a sub par gelato place..went with two pints of Ben and Jerry’s instead..more bang for my buck. And by that I mean more cushion for the pushin.

  3. Steph @ meet.make.laugh. August 8, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Wow! This looks like an awesome destination. And those Arancini balls look delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of them before and now really want to try! :)

  4. Lucy August 9, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    Wow is right. Such a quaint town. Such a beautiful blog. Are all Italian towns this colorful? Along with the chairs, a boat is turquoise. Wonder what Gil would think of squid ink if he could get his mouth on that rice ball? I love each photo, down to the last, when I can feel the town receding in the distance as you drive away.

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