Welcome to Sicily, home of the world-famous detective, Inspector Montalbano. Wherever you are in the world, I am sure, you’ve heard or watched at least an episode. Mr Montalbano, in fact, has quickly become an icon of the island. In and beyond Sicily.
Adapted from the best-selling books by Sicilian author Andrea Camilleri, the TV series of Inspector Montalbano is set in the fictional town of Vigata. However, when the books were adapted for television, Ragusa, only 1 and half hour from Siracusa, was chosen as its setting.
If you’ve followed Montalbano’s adventures, you might have wondered where exactly the series was filmed. Here is our guide to a few of the locations.
1. Punta Secca
Here is where Inspector Montalbano wakes up every morning in his seafront house in “Marinella”, which is, in reality, the small village of Punta Secca, just south of Santa Croce Camerina.
The police station where Montalbano goes is actually set in Scicli, another beautiful baroque gem of Sicily. Scicli’s old town centre is part of the World Heritage Site and, while less known than Ragusa, Noto and Modica, all part of the Val di Noto UNESCO site, it’s definitely worth visiting.
Many of the “Vigata” scenes are filmed in and around Piazza Duomo by the impressive Cathedral of San Giorgio in Ragusa Ibla. Here, you probably have seen Montalbano eat his lunch at the “Trattoria San Calogero”, which in real life is Trattoria La Rusticana.
Modica, another gorgeous baroque town, was rebuilt after the huge earthquake of 1693 like Scicli and Ragusa. There are plenty of scenes of Montalbano made here, from the Church of San Giorgio to the Palazzo Polara.
Montalbano can often be seen swimming at the beach in front of his house in Punta Secca, but he also goes to Donnalucata and Sampieri, two of the best beaches of the Sicilian coastline.
Why not come and discover Montalbano’s homeland for yourself, staying in one of our apartments in Siracusa?