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36°43.98′N, 15°7.38′E Chart icon.png
Marzamemi harbour before pontoons installed

The harbour of Marzamemi lies 28 miles south of Siracusa in Sicily and four miles north of Capo Passero, the southeasternmost point of the island. The harbour is relatively undeveloped. It is 1km (10 minute walk) from the village of Marzamemi. The village has an old tuna market that now functions as the home to restaurants. It is, however, a convenient stop-off point for a yacht day-sailing along the east coast of Sicily or planning to undertake the 60-mile passage down to Malta. Three different marina operations are based in the harbour, each providing over 100 berths for yachts of between 15 (Club Nautico) and 55 metres (Yacht Club Marzamemi).


1941 - Capo Passero to Capo Colonne
1018 - Approach to Stretto Messina


Prevailing winds on the east coast of Sicily are NE during the summer. During spring and winter winds are often from SE and W in addition to NE.

Sources for weather forecasts:

  • There is a continuous (computerised voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts are broadcast from stations at Roma, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Augusta (Sicily)


Popular passages/routes, timing, etc.


  • Isola di Capo Passero. The rocky island lying just off Capo Passero. In settled weather it is possible to anchor on the west side, where there are some popular beaches (lunch stop only).


Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


There are no particular dangers in the approaches, although entrance is difficult and even possibly dangerous in strong winds from E and S. The sea bed shelves abruptly in the approaches and a dangerous swell is raised in the entrance. Once in the harbour, beware of the numerous rocky patches along the edges of the harbour and off the beach.


See entries for individual marinas.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


  • Off the village of Marzamemi, half a mile to the north. Anchor in the centre of the bay clear of the small craft moorings. Shelter is good from all directions except S/SE
  • Porto Palo, five miles to the SW around Capo Passero. Anchor wherever there is space, clear of the many fishing boat moorings. Depths around 5.0 - 6.0 metres. The holding is mostly good in sand and weed. Shelter is good from all directions except S/SW

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

There is a basic chandlery across the road from the marina. Friendly staff.


Fuel, Water, & Electricity

See entries for individual marinas.

Things to do Ashore


List places of interest, tours, etc.

Grocery & Supply Stores

There is a small convenience store in the village on the corner. There are two tuna emporia selling all sorts of tuna related products. -- Tudorsailor


There is a selection of restaurants in the old tuna market in the village. Some are really very good. -- Tudorsailor


Free wi-fi in the marina. You have to get a code from the marina's office.



Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal



Transportation (local and/or international)


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


List links external to the wiki such as in Wikepedia.

References & Publications

See Italy.


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