Meet your driver at the established place. We will head to the farthest southern tip of Sicily, whose mesmerizing landscapes serve as the background for the popular fiction Inspector Montalbano. Soak in the natural, unique beauty of places like Punta Secca, and of Baroque towns like Scicli, Modica and Ragusa Ibla, listed as UNESCO Heritage Sites in 2002 and making up the fictional city of Vigata.
countryside, with a view stretching as far as the sea. In the fiction, the castle is the mansion of the mafia boss Balduccio Sinagra.
We will proceed toward the seaside to reach Punta Secca, a village of fishermen, where you will find “La Casa di Montalbano”, a sought-after modern bed and breakfast that you can easily identify as the house of Inspector Montalbano.
Our drive continues along the Mediterranean Sea, past the villages of Marina di Ragusa and Donnalucata, the neighborhoods where Montalbano likes to swim in the morning. Next, we are off to Scicli, in the Val di Noto, where your eyes will be drawn to the Palazzo di Città, in the fiction the Police station of Vigata (today Scicli’s Town Hall). The palace was built in the early 1900s, where previously stood a Benedictine monastery, adjacent to the neo-Renaissance-style church of San Giovanni Evangelista.Our first stop will be at the Donnafugata Castle (120 decorated rooms, a monumental garden and a terrace overlooking the surroundin
Our next stop will be in Modica, in the past one of the most powerful feudal organizations of southern Italy. You will easily spot the impressive Duomo di San Pietro and Duomo di San Giorgio, often appearing as the backdrop of many scenes in the fiction. If you are a sweet tooth, you cannot miss a taste of the famous chocolate of Modica, made according to an old Aztecan recipe and available in a wide array of flavours. Our last stop will be in Ibla, the old town of Ragusa.
You will be welcomed by the Giardini Iblei (Iblei Gardens) and by the near ruins of the Portale di San Giorgio. The portal is what is left of the Chiesa Madre (Mother Church), destroyed by the earthquake that hit the Val di Noto in 1693. Part of the ruins from the same church were moved to the site where the Duomo di San Giorgio was later built. The small square facing the Duomo is the “piazzetta” of Vigata.