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Overlooking the place is a rocky peak topped by an abandoned church, the Chiesa di San Matteo. It's not too hard a walk up to the church to soak up the views over town – simply follow the yellow sign up from Palazzo Beneventano and keep going for about 10 minutes.


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$60.16 Cultural & Theme Tours

'Inspector Montalbano' Filming Locations Tour from Taormina

Leave your Taormina or Messina province hotel in the early morning, and relax on your coach ride south to the authentic Sicilian town of Ragusa, the first stop on your Inspector Montalbano tour.Here you’ll visit Piazza Duomo, home to the Basilica of St George, a site that represents the main square of the show’s fictional town of Vigata. Continue to Church of San Giuseppe, Palazzo Donnafugata and Circolo di Conversazione, where the episodes ‘Gli Arancini di Montalbano’ and ‘The Scent of the Night’ were filmed.After some free time to explore on your own, depart for the seaside town of Punta Secca, dubbed ‘Marinella’ in the show. Visit Montalbano Commissioner's House and the sandy beaches where the main character likes to swim. Have time for lunch (own expense) and go for a dip in the Mediterranean if you wish. Just remember to bring your bathing suit!Continue onward to the small village of Scicli and enjoy a short walk through its lovely Baroque historical center, named ‘Montelusa’ in the show. Visit Scicli Municipal Town Hall in Palazzo Municipio, and hear how the building was the set location for the Police Commissioner’s office and the Vigata police station. Here you can purchase a ticket to the mayor's real-life office (Stanza del Sindaco), used in the series as Montalbano’s office.At the end of the day, relax on the drive back to your Taormina or Messina province hotel.

$109.91 Cultural & Theme Tours

Inspector Montalbano Locations Tour

Our destination today is the southern part of the Island in surch of the undiscovered part of Sicily where the inspector was created about 15 years ago by the Sicilian author Andrea Camilleri.In the morning visit of Punta Secca, one of a string of pleasant seaside resorts south-east of Scoglitti, where the inspector’s seaside house has become a place of pilgrimage for Montalbano fans. You can even stay here: bowing perhaps to the inevitable, the owners have turned the beachside villa into the friendly but fairly basic b&b Casa di Montalbano.We will continue to Scicli, one of the richest towns in the history of the province Iblea. We will walk through the town center with its interesting buildings of the eighteenth century: the church of S. Ignatius in Baroque style, the church of St. Bartholomew, and the Palace Beneventano.Via Mormino Penna came just to be part of the assets protected by UNESCO. Lunch free.In the afternoon, we will continue to Ragusa Ibla. We will start from the upper town and then go through the steps of Santa Maria delle Scale, rich Sicilian Baroque, declared World Heritage Site by Unesco. Among the churches and palaces there are certainly worthy of attention of the Church of Souls in Purgatory, Cosentini Palace, the Church of Santa Maria dell'Itria, The Rock Palace, the Church of St. George, the Conversation Club, the Church of St. Joseph, St. George Portal.

$109.91 Cultural & Theme Tours

Il Commissiario Montalbano

The first stage takes us to Ragusa Ibla, a jewel of the Sicilian Baroque. Here we will take a walk around the Iblei Gardens and the alleyways of the historic centre, the setting for many scenes from the series. From there we will move on to Punta Secca to visit Inspector Montalbano’s house.The next part of the tour takes place in the Baroque city of Scicli, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the perfect place to stop for lunch. The lunch is not included the price. After eating, we will take a walk through the historic centre amongst the Baroque buildings and churches featured in the television series, including the Town Hall, which served as the location of the Vigata police station.

$195.02 Day Trips & Excursions

Inspector Montalbano's Favourite Hideouts

• Departure Malta at 06:30 in high-speed catamaran (check-in 1 hour prior the departure time.) • Arrival at approx. 08:45 POZZALLO, met by fully air-conditioned coaches, accompanied by guides.Departure for Scicli with running commentary by the guide.SCICLI - a dreamy little town under 30 minutes from Pozzallo. In the TV Series Scicli is “Vigata”, where the Commissario has his police station; Montalbano’s immediate superior, Comm. Bonetti-Alderighi has his Montelusa Headquarters a few minutes away in the Municipio, the townhall and office of the Mayor of Scicli. Departure for lunch in the lovely town of MODICA, in medieval times an all-important city, in fact a state within a state. Modica, like Ragusa, is built on two levels, with quaint houses perched on the hillside in between. The upper Modica Alta is the modern commercial centre while Modica Bassa, the old city centre, with Rosario Gagliardi’s Duomo (Cathedral) di San Giorgio towering above it, lends splendour to the series. Gagliardi is recognised as the foremost architect of Sicilian Baroque.Departure for RAGUSA, the Capital City of the Province. The lower town, Ragusa Ibla, plays a major role in the series with many and divers scenes coming from the city and its environs.  The Piazza Duomo, with another Gagliardi’s masterpiece, another San Giorgio, features often. Just down the road is the Circolo di Conversazione (freely translated – Conversation Club). Look out for A Rusticana, that’s the Inspector’s Trattoria San Cologero.Departure for Il Castello di Donnafugata residence of Mafia Boss Balduccio Sinagra. Formerly the residence of Baron Corrado Arezzo de Spuches who added various architectural styles, including the Venetian Gothic Loggia, to the original 17th century building. It passed to the Provincia di Ragusa in 1982Departure for Inspector Montalbano’s home is in “Marinella”. Marinella is in fact the seaside town of Punta Secca, a fishing village and seaside resort. The “casa di Montalbano” is right on the seafront, actually a B&B, with an unobstructed view of the blue Mediterranean.Our final stop is to take look at Montalbano’s Mannara in Sampieri, a derelict brick factory that goes by the name of Fornace Penna (Furnace).Departure for Pozzallo with a running commentary by the guide.Departure by High Speed Catamaran at 21:30 hrs for Malta.Children under 4 years FREE of charge. The itinerary of this excursion may be altered subject to weather conditions.Schedule and fares are valid at time of print. Please check our website for any updates / changes.

$129.57 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Montalbano's fiction places food tour

Montalbano food tour from Catania is a full day divided in severals stops:Pick-up at your accommodation in Catania or in the close vicinity at around 8.30 am in the morning.First stop: First of all, visit of Donna Fugata Castle which figures into the film as the residence of a mob boss and Cheese tasting. Donnafugata Castle is a patchwork of architectural and artistic styles, including one Venetian Gothic facade and Baroque interior. The visit will take you around through many decorated rooms on the first floor of the castle, including a Hall of Mirrors, smoking room, music room, royal bedrooms, and many rooms with trompe l’oeil paintings on the ceilings. Visit of the castle’s gardens with a ~300 year-old ficus and a labyrinth.  In addition visit of an ancient cheese factory to discover the production of cheese and tasting of famous cheese “Ragusano“.Second stop: Especially relevant, in this stop of Montalbano food tour we will take you to ‘Marinella‘ and Montalbano’s house by the sea. ‘Marinella‘ is really Punta Secca, a small fishing village where you can recognize Montalbano’s house. The village has a lighthouse, a small port and an old watchtower (Torre Scalambri). The Punta Secca Lighthouse is the famous landmark. Free time to make photos and enjoy the beach.Lunch time: you will enjoy a free typical Sicilian packed lunch.Third stop: after lunch, we are going to Scicli. The police station in “Vigata” where Montalbano plies his trade is actually the town hall of Scicli in the beautifully conserved baroque street of Via Mormino Penna. Furthermore Scicli is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and there are many baroque churches, palaces and historical buildings to explore. Free tasting of cannolo Sicilian dessert.Fourth stop: Modica, yet another glorious baroque town and UNESCO heritage site. Walking around the streets of this Baroque jewel, you can’t miss out the magnificent Church of San Giorgio and the handsome façade of Palazzo Polara which appear in the Montalbano TV series. Modica, is also well known for Chocolate. In addition, you will have a free tasting of Modican chocolate, particular because it exactly how the Aztecs (and the Mexicans until the nineteenth century) made chocolate. You will back in Catania at around 7.00 pm.Please Note that: our driver guide is not a touristic guide, so he cannot enter inside the historical places. He will give you information during the trip on the vehicle, before you will go inside.  A paper guide will be provided to be used inside the archeological areas.  

$1561.81 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Sicily Eastern Discovery Self-Drive

• Discover the most authentic Sicily with the freedom of a self-drive tour • Hands-on culinary experiences to learn and taste the best of Sicilian gastronomy: a unique palimpsest of customs and fusions stratified over nearly 3000 years, from Greeks to Arabs, from Normans to Spanish. In the spirit of the millenary tradition that car travellers will prepare dishes with the true custodians of Sicilian cooking Mums and Grandmas. • A unique trekking tour with an expert hiking guide will take travelers among prehistoric rock-cut tombs and medieval rupestrian settlements within the Hyblaen mountains to finally enjoy lunch in a shelter among the cliffs. • Cultural sightseeing in the most charming Baroque cities of Eastern Sicily: Modica, Noto, Scicli, Ragusa and Syracuse • Meet the locals: from a local diary farm to a “women’s” winery, from a pottery artisan to a chocolate maker, our local experiences will uncover the deepest parts of an island defined by its people and stories. These stories narrate centuries-old traditions, the efforts and genius of Sicilian inhabitants, friendly and passionate people that hardly try to perpetuate the tradition of almost extinct jobs