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Inspector Montalbano’s Favourite Hideouts

Inspector Montalbano’s Favourite HideoutsOne Day Fully Guided Excursion

Every Friday & Sunday

DEP MLA 06:30

DEP POZ 21:30

ARR POZ 08:15

ARR MLA 23:15

Adults
€178
Children
€178

Including a typical Sicilian lunch in an agriturismo.

Summer Excursion

May – September
This excursion is only held with a minimum of 8 passengers

Ragusa Ibla

Ibla is a quaint leisurely place, a coffee or a Campari at the Cafe at the foot of the Duomo is a nice way to start. A walk down the slightly slopping Piazza and onto the main winding street takes you to the Giardino Ibleo. On the way a short stop to admire yet another of Gagliardi’s work, the small but elegant church of San Giuseppe. The Giardino Ibleo is a haven of peace and quite with an exquisite view of the valley below and beyond. Just outside the entrance to the garden is the gothic Portale San Giorgio, it is all that remains of the original church of San Giorgio, early XIII century, which was demolished in the 1693 earthquake.

Ragusa, Modica and Scicli have three things in common, they are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites, they were devastated by the 1693 earthquake and rebuilt in Sicilian Baroque style immediately after.

Punta Secca

This out of the way little fishing village, with what appear to be an unusually tall lighthouse, is gradually becoming a beach attraction; the unspoilt sand dunes are a feature. It is completely off the tourist beaten track, were it not for the casa di Montalbano.

Modica

Modica Bassa is the historic city centre, with the main street Corso Umberto I, lined with baroque churches and monasteries, little wonder the city is referred to as La citta delle cento chiese. Expensive brand shops and fine cafes intermingle with the churches to give an affluent air to the city centre. Modica is now best known for the Cioccolato di Modica or Cioccolata Modicana. The Spanish introduced the receipt which they got from the ancient Aztecs of Mexico. Chocolate shops welcome visitors; the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto is one well known chocolate factory shop.

Scicli

It is well worth wandering around this quite little town, overlooked by a massive rock on which sits the unfinished church of San Matteo. Of the many palaces built by aristocratic families the one that stands out most is the Palazzo Benventano, with its façade decorated with Saracen gargoyles. The church of Santa Maria la Nova, one of the many baroque churches in the town centre, housed Scicli’s best known icon, the Byzantine wooden statue of the Virgin Mary wielding a sword and ridding a white stallion. The Chiarafura Caves Dwellings, dug out in the cliff in prehistory, saw the last residents leave as late as 1958.

Inspector Montalbano’s Favourite Hideouts

Highlights and Inclusions

  • Arrival at POZZALLO, met by fully airconditioned 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 (set menu), included in the price 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 diverse 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 (entrance not included) 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 1982
  • Departure for Inspector Montalbano’s home 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 a 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.
  • Adults / Children €178.00.
  • Children under 4 years FREE of charge. To pay local transport only.
  • Local transport in Malta (Hotel/ Harbour/Hotel) only €12.00 extra. (VAT included).
  • The company reserves the right to introduce a fuel surcharge from time to time without prior notice.
  • The itinerary of this excursion may be altered subject to weather conditions.
  • Virtu Ferries Conditions of Carriage apply.