The Marinello Lakes Reserve is located in Tindari under the promontory of the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari. Together with the lakes of Ganzirri, it constitutes one of the last examples of a brackish coastal environment in north-eastern Sicily.
It is believed that the formation of the lagoon area took place between 1865 and 1895, due to particular tectonic processes and the unique weather and sea conditions present along this strip of coast. The transport on the coast of sand and gravel, in fact, is due to the deepening of the seabed, caused by the action of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The Reserve has a remarkable variety of environments: from brackish lake environments to coastal marine sands, steep slopes and areas overlooking the sea. Within the reserve there is also the Grotta di Donna Villa, a suggestive natural cavity, difficult to reach because it overlooks the sea, inside which there are formations of stalactites, stalagmites and columns. The name of the cave is linked to a legend.