Trace the steps of Inspector Montalbano and see the real life locations used for the TV series
The Montalbano's novels are set in the fictional town of Vigata that resembles Porto Empedocle, Camilleri's hometowns. (See details of our literary tour From Montelusa to Vigata visiting the places described in the books).
However, the Montalbano movies, based on the novels, are filmed in the area of Ragusa. As a matter of fact, most of the film locations are clustered around Ragusa Ibla, an inland Baroque town that is UNESCO heritage listed in the island`s south east. This tour will take you to the major real life locations used for the Montalbano TV series and will give you the opportunity to enjoy the unique scenery and breathe out the "spirit of place" that emanates from this part of Sicily.
Inspector Montalbano tour: interviews, recommendations, reviews
-....So there is a literary Vigata, which is based on my hometown, and then a Vigata used as the set for the TV series, which is based on beautiful places such as Scicli, Modica and so on. Now that happens to me when I'm writing a new Montalbano story: I'm influenced not so much by the Montalbano TV character but the scenery seen on television.. Andrea Camilleri
You'll follow in the steps of Inspector Montalbano and the other members of his team: his second-in-charge Mimì Augello, the efficient Fazio, the likeable Catarella. We make our way into Vigata in the province of Montelusa and stop in front of the police station (Scicli). Few steps away is the Questura or Commissioner's office of Montelusa. Then, we drive to Ragusa Ibla to see the Church of Vigata (Cathedral of San Giorgio) and other locations featured in "The shape of the water", "The voice of the violin" "The snack thief". Stop for lunch at "Trattoria San Calogero", the reastaurant that Montalbano goes to. In the afternoon, we continue to Punta Secca to see the exterior of Montalbano's house and Donnalucata (Marinella) where you can imagine him swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, we go to the Castello di Donnafugata (House of mafia boss Balduccio Sinagra) and the Pasture at "Pisciotto", the site of an abandoned factory that features in a couple of movies.
Tour type: private tour from Ragusa, Agrigento, Taormina, Siracusa, Catania hotels/ accommodation or a shore trip from Catania, Licata or Siracusa port of call.
Chauffer- driven. On demand we can provide English speaking driver/ guide and/or licensed tour guide.
Time duration: the tour can be done in a full day (about 7 hours) and it can be extended for 2- 3 more days to include the literary places described in the novels.
Driving time: 2 and a half hours from Taormina, 2 hours from Catania, one and half hour from Licata and one hour from Siracusa
Departure time: on demand
Meeting place: your selected hotel/ accommodation
Tour cost: depends on the services requested(driver, English speaking driver, licensed tour guide, driver/guide). Please email for a quote
If you have a favourite Montalbano episode let us know and we will arrange a custom tour for you.