Explore Montalbano’s Sicily from Our Hotels

For aficionados of the classic fictional Sicilian detective, Inspector Salvo Montalbano, Prestige Holidays’ collection of properties in Sicily places you right in the heart of many filming locations. And we’re not keeping them a mystery!

For aficionados of the classic fictional Sicilian detective, Inspector Salvo Montalbano, Prestige Holidays’ collection of properties in Sicily places you right in the heart of many filming locations. And we’re not keeping them a mystery!

It’s no surprise the sun-kissed landscape and cultural treasures of Sicily feature so heavily in the popular TV series.

While all the Baroque South East properties in the Prestige Holidays’ portfolio will position you in the ideal location for a Montalbano pilgrimage, some of them place you right in the heart of some very familiar filming locations. You may even hear the iconic call, “Montalbano sugnu!”

“Situated in the heart of familiar filming locations, you may even hear the iconic call, “Montalbano sugnu!”

Police Headquarters

While the town of Vigata is fictional, there are no flimsy film sets here! The town’s regional Police Headquarters appears regularly in the filming, and the Inspector is often seen arriving and leaving his place of work. In real-life, this stunning Baroque building is the Palazzo di Città (Town Hall) in lovely medieval Scicli, where a lot of filming takes place. The winding streets of the town are a delight to stroll around and explore, and the Palazzo is just around the corner from the Baroque beauty of Via Francesco Mormino Penna. For fans of the show, Scicli will look strangely familiar…

Prestige Holidays’ charming Novecento Hotel is just a five-minute walk from “Police Headquarters” and its warm welcome and authentic historical touches provide a truly delightful ambience.

“For fans of the show, Scicli will look strangely familiar…”

Ragusa Ibla

Avid watchers of the series know the warm-hearted Inspector has a healthy Italian appetite and he’s often seen lunching at his favourite restaurant, Trattoria San Calogero. Many of the scenes that take place in Vigata’s town centre are shot around the historic Piazza Duomo in the stunning town of Ragusa Ibla. A host of the town’s beautiful buildings feature, including the Cathedral of San Giorgio, the Gothic Church of Maria delle Scale and the delicate neo-Classical Circolo di Conversazione.

“Many of the scenes that take place in Vigata’s town centre are shot around the Piazza Duomo in the stunning historic town of Ragusa Ibla.”

The 19th-century La Dimora di Piazza Carmine, one of our favourite hotels in Ragusa, places you in the picturesque historical part of the town, with spectacular views (recognisable from the series) over the UNESCO listed landscape and within easy access of filming locations.

Tip: If you want to try the Inspector’s favourite trattoria, in real-life it’s Trattoria La Rusticana on Corso XXV Aprile.

Modica

For those in hot pursuit of Montalbano, the UNESCO-listed town of Modica may ring a few bells! The Ponte Guerreri viaduct is actually one of the first things you see every episode in the opening credits, and several other scenes have been shot against the backdrop of this beautiful Baroque town. Possibly one of the most photogenic of all the south-eastern towns of Sicily, the series makes good use of the town’s photographic opportunities and you may also recognise the Church of San Giorgio and the impressive façade of Palazzo Polara.   

Prestige Holidays is proud to offer the stunning 18th-century Palazzo Failla as part of our collection. This charming hotel is situated in a tranquil location and hosts you in the lap of authentic Sicilian luxury with a delightful family welcome.

If you’re a fan of Inspector Montalbano and love the idea of a break in one of these fantastic hotels from Prestige Holidays’ Sicilian collection, please contact our expert advisors to help you make a booking. As experts on this and a host of other destinations, they’ll help bring the fictional world of of Inspector Montalbano to life.