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Inspector Montalbano Holidays in Sicily



Inspector Montalbano first appeared on British TV screens in 1999, and, way back then, there was no way of telling that he would prove to be such an enormous success and a massive influence on the tourist trade of a hitherto relative backwater on the island of Sicily. Nowadays, everyone has heard of Inspector Montalbano and everyone wants to visit the area of south eastern Sicily to enjoy their own Inspector Montalbano experience on holiday in Sicily. Maybe in the hope of catching a glimpse of Montalbano himself, or getting involved in a little bit of mystery in the narrow streets and alleyways of the fascinating towns where filming takes place.



Of course, Vigata is a figment of the author, Andrea Camilleri’s, imagination, but it is based on his own home town of Porto Empedocle, further to the west of Sicily. Porto Empedocle is on the coast with 3 kilometres of amazing beaches, white, ornate churches and pretty pastel architecture. The town is now known as Porto Empedocle Vigata and is watched over by a 16th century tower, built to defend the town from pirates. Salvo lives in the fictional town of Marinella and his home is filmed on the sea front of the real fishing village of Punta Secca. The building was once part of the busy sardine fishing industry. His police station is actually the town hall in Scicli, a beautiful Baroque town, once rather underrated in comparison to the likes of Modica and Noto, but now blossoming on the tourist trail. Salvo often visits Mafia boss Baduccio Sinagra at his palatial home. You can visit it yourself on your holiday in Sicily, but in reality it is Donnafugata Castle! Dating back to the 17th century but with much alteration over the years, it is set in rolling countryside surrounded by giant carob trees. There is an excellent restaurant next door and a particularly noteworthy gelateria within the walls!



Livia and Salvo’s dates always begin at the bus stop in Ragusa Ibla, half of a pair of hilltop towns rent in two by the devastating earthquake in 1693, which led to the construction of the amazing Baroque towns of the area. Ragusa Ibla and its twin hilltop town, Ragusa, feature in the opening credits of the programme, as the camera swoops round and on to the stunning 550m long Ponte Guerreri viaduct. Ragusa is a great base for your holiday in Sicily. The iconic Santa Maria delle Scala, from which so many of the placing shots in the series are filmed, has stunning views over the town. Many are the lunches enjoyed by Salvo at the Trattoria da Calogero in the Piazza Busacca (in reality, “La Rusticana” on Corsa XXV Aprile), before having to rush off on an investigation. A large number of these investigations have taken place along the beautiful chalky coastline around Sampieri, which becomes the strip of coastline known as La Mannara in the series. The skyline is dominated by the shell and chimney of an old brick factory –Fornace Penna – burned down by the Mafia 80 years ago.

So, if you would you like to spend a holiday in Sicily and follow in the steps of Inspector Montalbano just request a callback now and we will be delighted to help you plan your tailormade holiday.



One of the properties best placed for exploring Inspector Montalbano territory is the wonderful Parco Cavalonga, which is surrounded by a beautiful and unique landscape. Filled with ancient carob and olive trees, this delightful agritourist property is a fantastic base for your Sicily holiday and is just 10 minutes from Punta Secca and Donnafugata Castle. Attractive and comfortable, each of its apartments has its own private terrace or courtyard and shares an amazing infinity pool. Hotel rooms are spacious and modern, with contemporary furnishings and stylish artwork. The Andrea family who own the property will stop at nothing to ensure your holiday is a special one, with their own fantastic restaurant on-site and cookery courses and horse-riding available for guests.



It’s not unusual to see Salvo chasing miscreants through Modica’s narrow alleyways, and this beautiful Baroque town is particularly known for its chocolate, based on traditional Aztec recipes and celebrated with its own festival each spring.

If you like bed & breakfast accommodation, Casa Talia is blessed with some of the most amazing views of any property we work with, overlooking wonderful Modica. Owned by two very clever architects and based in the old Jewish quarter of the town, the historic buildings have been cleverly and sympathetically restored to form this charming and unique B&B. This is a truly character-filled place and a must for any Sicilian itinerary for fans of Inspector Montalbano! Perfectly placed for exploring Ragusa and Ragusa Ibla and for visiting Comiso – the location of the young Montalbano’s first police station - we offer the excellent Villa Alfredo, run by Alfredo and his brother, Giuseppe. They produce a lot of their own food, which is superb (I can certainly recommend it!!) and they also offer really wonderful cookery courses where you can learn to re-create some fantastic, traditional dishes. There are just five apartments, housed in restored agricultural buildings, and they are all simply but comfortably furnished and vary in size from a studio to two bedroom apartments.



Slightly to the east of the Inspector Montalbano region, but within very easy driving distance of all the Inspector’s major haunts, you may want to spend your holiday in Sicily staying at one of our growing number of “agri boutique” properties called Torre Marabino, close to the town of Ispica offering first-rate food and accommodation. The organic fruit and veg grown on the farm is used to great effect in the imaginative and tasty menus, and the seven rooms are so large they are practically apartments! All have been tastefully decorated in soothing pastel colours to compliment the manorial style of the building.





With the recent addition of twice-weekly flights from Stansted directly into Comiso airport in the heart of Montalbano territory, plus new flights to Catania from Manchester, Luton and London Gatwick, it’s never been easier to get to this fascinating corner of Sicily on holiday. We will be delighted to put together an Inspector Montalbano holiday in Sicily – just give us a call on 01694 722193 or request a callback and you too could soon be walking in Salvo’s footsteps!
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Santa Anastasia

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Santa Anastasia is a unique agritourism hotel in the countryside of Cefalu in Sicily. In a magnificent setting, between sea & mountains sits this elegant hotel. A great hit with Long Travel guests, it is close to two beautiful towns & the views over vineyards is splendid. In a magnificent setting, between the pretty, coastal town of Ce
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Donna Carmela

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Donna Carmela is nestled in the countryside of Carruba Di Riposto in Sicily. A boutique hotel with unique character, incredible views of Etna & the sea and great food & wine. Long Travel clients love Donna Carmela’s warm welcome and the chic individual style. Only about 30km from Taormina, 40km from Catania airport and 10 minutes
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La Foresteria

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

La Foresteria a truly amazing countryside hotel in Menfi, Sicily, near the sea with fantastic food & wine. Enjoy gracious comfort with a full-on gourmet experience. La Foresteria is country living in style. Surrounded by vineyards and in a perfectly chosen elevated spot, La Foresteria can be seen from far off, and its peachy-pink walls have a w
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Parco Cavalonga Borgo

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Parco Cavalonga, is a superb family hotel with self-catering apartments in Ragusa, Sicily. It's an ideal agritourism escape. Secluded, modern boutique hotel with two great pools. Parco Cavalonga is set in beautiful countryside, in a secret corner of Sicily. In an undiscovered corner of Sicily and hidden in a unique landscape of rolling fields of an
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Baglio Donna Franca

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Baglio Donna Franca is a boutique hotel, nestled in Marsala, Sicily, and boasts fantastic food. A small agritourist country hotel in an utterly authentic Sicilian baglio, set in vineyards. Near Marsala and only about 15 minutes from Trapani airport, Agritourist hotel Baglio Donna Franca is a perfect stop for any itinerary. Truly an undiscovered par

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Casa Talia

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Boutique Casa Talia offers quirk and character in the baroque town of Modica, Sicily. Casa Talia is a hotel with a difference. When the owners of Casa Talia left the hurly-burly of Milan, to discover a slower pace of life and a better place to live, they chose Modica and we understand why. It is a fantastic Baroque town, which spreads up two s

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Casa Turchetti

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Casa Turchetti is a characterful and authentic, family friendly hotel in Taormina, Sicily. In a historic house with stylish luxury, a romantic terrace which seems to overlook all of Sicily. Casa Turchetti is a small and exclusive hotel, as boutique as they come. In the heart of Taormina, just off the main “Corso Umberto”, Casa Turchetti

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Hotel Metropole

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Cocooned in luxury, in the heart of Taormina, Hotel Metropole is a luxury hotel boasting charm and boutique character. Hotel Metropole feels Sicilian, ancient and contemporary, all at the same time. Taormina is certainly one of Italy’s most famous and stylish resorts. The luxurious and glamorous Hotel Metropole is in the middle of it all. Ste

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Hotel Porta Felice

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Hotel Porta Felice is a very unique, boutique yet romantic hotel in Palermo, Sicily. Contemporary design with real style. In one of the oldest parts of Palermo and close to the sea-front promenade and marina, Hotel Porta Felice is about a ten-minute walk from the Quattro Canti and within easy walking distance of some important palazzi, places of in
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I Fratelli

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

The landscape around I Fratelli is really unbelievably beautiful, so impressive that it never fails to take our breath away. An agritourist hotel in truly spectacular spot, and the restaurant has great food.  Just 9km off the Catania/Palermo motorway, and from the small town of Resuttano, yet seeming far from anywhere, the

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Il Paesino

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Il Paesino are self-catering agritourist apartments, which are family friendly, in the unspoilt countryside of Canicattini Bagni, Sicily. Il Paesino self-catering apartments are close to so many hidden secrets of Sicily, as well as some more famous ones. Near the spectacular limestone Pantallica Gorge, with its prehistoric tombs and cave dwellings

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La Gabriella

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

La Gabriella is a family friendly, self-catering apartment in Acireale in stunning Sicily. A lemon grove with views of the sea & Etna. Long Travel clients love La Gabriella’s fantastic views of Etna and the amazing Limoncello, made from the properties own lemons. In a wonderful spot, overlooking lemon groves to the sea, this working fruit

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Locanda Don Serafino

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Locanda Don Serafino boasts incredible food. This boutique hotel in the heart of enchanting Ragusa Ibla in Sicily is a great choice for holiday makers. No run-of-the-mill hotel, this small & quirky B&B has made an ingenious use of space and is full of character and atmosphere. Clinging to a steep ravine, the breathtaking higgledy-piggl

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Masseria Della Volpe

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Masseria Della Volpe is in the countryside of Noto in Sicily. A boutique hotel with agritourism character. Located in the heart of the Val di Noto, between the Hyblaean Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Masseria Della Volpe is an expression of timeless charm. The estate features wide green areas: vineyards, palm trees, orchards, cypresses and lo

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Masseria Rossella

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Masseria Rossella is an agritourism hotel with exceptional food, in Piano Degli Albanesi in Sicily near Palermo, but feeling a world away. A special spot for a country estate and hunting lodge makes this the perfect place to relax, to eat delicious food & drink in amazing views. About 25km from the infamous Corleone, less than 20km from the in

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Monaci Delle Terre Nere

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Monaci Delle Terre Nere in Zafferana Etnea, Sicily is a lovely, romantic hotel with access to the beach. Deliciously designer. Monaci Delle Terre Nere is a “must visit” place. Monaci Delle Terre Nere is the most beautifully incongruous place we have discovered. You will be immediately struck by the stupendous location, seemingly on

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Parco Cavalonga

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Parco Cavalonga, is a superb family hotel with self-catering apartments in Ragusa, Sicily. It's an ideal agritourism escape. Secluded, modern boutique hotel with two great pools. Parco Cavalonga is set  in beautiful countryside, in a secret corner of Sicily. In an undiscovered corner of Sicily and hidden in a unique landscape of rolling fields
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Torre Marabino

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Torre Marabino is an excellent, boutique agritourist hotel in Ispica in Sicily. The food here is superb. Set in the lovely south-east corner of Sicily, less than 10 minutes from Ispica and about 4km from the nearest beach, Torre Marabino is about half an hour from Modica, Noto and the Nature Reserve of Vendicari, and less than a

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Villa Alfredo

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Villa Alfredo offers self-catering apartments in Comiso in beautiful Sicily. Perfect for families and groups alike in an amazing Baroque setting. Close to picturesque Comiso, and half an hour from some of Sicily’s most beautiful sandy beaches, Villa Alfredo is a grand farm estate. It’s a really good base for easy days out to discov

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Cambiocavallo

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Cambiocavallo is an excellent traditional, with a contemporary twist, agritourism hotel in the Modica countryside, perfect for families and near the sea. Small, boutique agritourism hotel Cambiocavallo is in Sicily’s south-east corner, just 4km from the beach and about 14km from Modica, on the route connecting it to the sea. Centuries ag

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