This will be a week dedicated to Salvo Montalbano, the famous and much-loved Sicilian detective. We will be based in Modica, a beautiful Sicilian town of baroque architecture, rich culture and irresistible chocolate shops. During the week we will visit the places where the Montalbano TV series was made, ‘revisit’ some of the key scenes, eat at his favourite restaurant, taste his favourite Sicilian food and wine and get to know Montalbano’s Sicily at first hand. It will be a week of Talks, Tours and Tastings at a Sicilian pace and in Sicilian style.
Talks, Tours and Tastings: £445.00 To be paid in advance
Accommodation, lunch and dinner (all included) for the week at Nacalino Agriturismo:
Per person: Single room: Euro 600
Per person: Double: Euro 500.00
To be paid on departure.
Full details http://www.nacalinoagriturismo.it/
Carol King is a writer and editor who lives in south-east Sicily. She spent many years in the UK working in magazines, newspapers, book publishing, TV and radio before heading to the deep south of the south of Italy tempted by the warmth of Sicily’s sunshine and its people. She is a big fan of Montalbano in print and on screen and has spent many happy hours exploring the haunts of Sicily’s premier detective.
Geoff Andrews is a writer and historian. He has written two books on Italy (‘Not a Normal Country’ and ‘The Slow Food Story’) as well as other books on British history, including most recently Agent Molière: The Life of John Cairncross, the Fifth Man of the Cambridge Spy Circle. In 2015 he founded Sicily Unlimited, which has the purpose of exploring Sicily’s rich history and culture through talks and summer schools and to promote sustainable links with local people and associations.
Saturday May 30
15.00-18.00 Arrive at Agriturismo Nacalino. Check in and relax.
18.30 Aperitivo: ‘Welcome to Modica’ with guests.
Sunday 31 May
10.00 The Montalbano Story. (Talk)
16.30. Visit to Ragusa and sites of Montalbano filming. Circolo di Conversazione. S. Giorgio. Santa Maria alle Scale. Piazza Pola and church of S. Giuseppe is the questura di Montelusa. Walk in the Iblei gardens among the palm trees to see the three small churches.
18.00 Aperitivo in piazza.
Monday 1 June
10.00 Montalbano: Home and Work (Talk)
Visit to Punta Secca and Scicli to see key sites in TV series.
12.00 Visit to Punta Secca.
Visit to to Montalbano’s house and the beach. Lunch in Montalbano’s ‘Da Enzo’ in the TV show, https://enzoamare.it/
15.00 Visit to Scicli
Taking in Stanza del Sindaco (the questore) and to the Town Hall for photos at the desk. The police HQ is very near at Palazzo Iacono. Palazzo Busacca, Palazzo Beneventano, Palazzo Spadaro, Church of San Bartolomeo,
Tuesday 2 June
10.00 Tour of Modica. Duomo and Modica Bassa. Baroque.
Later PM: Modica at Night. Gli Orti di San Giorgio. https://www.facebook.com/gliortidisangiorgio/
Wednesday 3 June
10.00 Montalbano and Organised Crime in Sicily. (Talk)
16.30 Visit to Donnafugata Castle
Visit to palace and gardens.
Wine tasting at http://www.agricolaocchipinti.it/it/
Return via the coast via Scoglitti which is the fishing port that appears in the series.
Thursday 4 June
10.00 Visit to La Fornace Penna
La Fornace Penna – an evocative ruined brick factory that doubles as a tuna fishery in certain episodes of the series, on via Costa di Carro to Sampieri lungomare and to Donnalucata, where Montalbano walks along the seafront a lot, at lungomare di Marinella, is where he met the Swedish woman in the Shape of the Water and where Anna lives.
16.30 Visit to Bonajuto for Chocolate and Cannoli Tasting and talk on its history by Pier Paolo Rauti.
Friday 5 June
Morning: Montalbano’s Sicily. (Talk).