If you’ve been reading the Inspector Montalbano books or watching the wonderful series, you’re probably wondering about the film locations and book settings and have been adding them to your bucket list. While the show takes place in the fictional Italian city of Vigata, most of the show has been filmed in Sicil. Fans can actually visit many of these locations. To take an Inspector Montalbano tour of this region here are the top spots that Inspector Montalbano was filmed.
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Rebuilt after the earthquake in 1693, this Baroque town was rebuilt just like Ragusa and Scicli. It’s a stunning place which is why it is used for several episodes of Inspector Montalbano. You may recognize the Church of San Giorgio and the beautiful Palazzo Polara from the show.
The police station where the inspector works is actually located in the town hall of Scicli which is located on the Baroque street, Via Mormino Penna. You may be familiar with the headquarters where the main character is often required to visit. This is actually located in Palazzo Iacono, down the road from the town hall. The old town of Scicli is considered a World UNESCO Heritage Site which makes it worth visiting regardless of whether or not you watch the show.
Inspector Montalbano wakes up every morning to a stunning view overlooking the sea. His beautiful home is actually located in Punta Secca, a small village that is south of Santa Croce Camerina. This house has now been turned into a bed and breakfast which is named Piazza Montalbano. The picturesque restaurant where Inspector Montalabo is often seen eating seafood and drinking white wine is open to the public. The restaurant called Enzo al Mare is located on the water front in Punta Secca A must visit for seafood lovers!
If you’re familiar with the Vigata scenes then you should visit the Piazza Duomo in Ragusa where they are filmed. It is right next to the Cathedral of San Giorgio which was built in 1738. Many episodes feature the panoramic view of Ragusa Ibla, which is shown from the Church of Maria delle Scale. Part of this church was destroyed in 1693 by an earthquake, but it can still be visited. You’ll need to climb up more than 200 steps to reach it but the views make it worth the journey.
Inspector Montalbano can often be seen exploring the beach by his home in Punta Secca. In some episodes viewers see him along the beaches of Sampieri and Donnalucata, which are south of Scicli. The Sampieri beach is also the location of Mannara, which is a former brick factory that is also the location of the tuna fishery in some of the episodes. These beaches are beautiful so you’ll definitely want to pay them a visit.
Il Castello di Donnafugata
Montalbano seems to always be involved with his enemy, Balduccio Sinagra, a famed Mafia boss. His opulent home is seen in many episodes and is actually II Castello di Donnafugata. Built in the 19th century for Baron Corrado Arezzo de Spuches, this castle is now open to the public for visits. You’ll find it 18 km west of Ragusa, making it a perfect side trip for fans.
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