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36°43.980'N, 015°07.380'E Chart icon.png
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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 (computerized 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)


See Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.


  • 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).


Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


There are no particular dangers in the approaches, although the entrance is difficult and even possibly dangerous in strong winds from E and S. The seabed 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.


This is a fishing port.

Also see entries for individual marinas.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


N of Marzamemi

N of Marzamemi/wiki/Marzamemi#N_of_Marzamemi
Anchorage icon N of Marzamemi [[Marzamemi#N of Marzamemi|N of Marzamemi]] 36°45.203'N, 015°06.860'E
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.


Water In all marinas
Electricity In all marinas
Toilets In all marinas
Showers In all marinas
Laundry N/A (Not Available).
Garbage In all marinas
Fuel Fuel dock on southern breakwater
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers There is a basic chandlery across the road from the marina. Friendly staff
Internet WiFi in all marinas (you may have to get a code from the marina's office)
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


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

Eating out

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


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


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See Italy.


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