"Marina di Vigata" as called in the fiction "Ispector Montalbano" is a charming seaside village where you can enjoy fresh fish and traditional dishes of the rich local gastronomy. The coast is characterized by wide beaches of fine golden sand, which in summer become a destination for crowds of vacationers. The main activities are fishing and tourism, as well as greenhouse agriculture with the production of vegetables and flowers. To visit the permanent Nativity scene inside the Church of Santa Caterina da Siena (1885). In line with a tradition rooted in our South, this crib wants to reproduce the lifestyle, the landscape, the particular situations that characterize it. The permanent nativity scene brings to life the characteristic landscape of the caves of Chiafura and the annexed neighborhood that they overlook: San Bartolomeo, precisely the Via Guadagna, which covers the stream of the same name.
The territory where Donnalucata stands today has seen the human presence, since ancient times.
There are in fact news, not confirmed, of the presence of a sacred source in Ceres in Greek times, on the marina, in a point already known to the Phoenicians who held a slave market there.
In 1091 there was, according to tradition, an epic battle in which the Normans (Christians), although much lower in number, led by Count Ruggero d'Altavilla, prevailed over the Saracen troops, led by the Emir Belcàne.
The sacred tradition handed down the story of an intervention of the Madonna on a white horse (Madonna dei Milici or delle Milizie) and in this place a sanctuary was built.
The Madonna delle Milizie is dedicated, on the last Saturday of May, the homonymous party with the sacred representation of the event. (see video)
The origin of the name Donnalucata derives from its ancient source. A traveler and well-known Arabian cartographer, in fact, sent to the Sultan Saladin a report in which he said he had found a spring that flowed five times a day, at very precise hours corresponding to the hours of Muslim prayers. He said he had found "Ayn-Al-Awqat", or the source of the hours, which became Latin Donnalucata.
The name of the source then passed to indicate the place.
It was considered in the past to be able to identify this source (which is no longer protected by the action of the sea and would have lost its characteristics) in the "Ugghie" (springs of fresh water) on the shore of Micenci.
As for the alleged "miracle", it is plausible that the source in question gushed out all day, but that it was visible only at low tide, at sunset, and coinciding with the time of prayer.