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We went on the Inspector Montalbano tour last week, with great expection, and we werent dissapointed! The new minibus picked us up on time @ the bus station in Taormina. Our tour guide,Christy was brilliant, a mine of information about Sicily, and Montalbano. A great sense of humour! A very good driver took us to a number of locations including, Ragusa Ibla Vigata where we sampled the best Arranchini and red wine, then Punta Secca, where we saw Montalbanos villa and the lighthouse on the coast. Christy then took us for a light lunch in a cafe owned by one of the cast Enzo he played a prisoner in the series there were lots of photos of the cast in the cafe, it was one of the ladies from Finlands birthdays, so a few free carafes of red wine were consumed, resulting in a great jolly atmoshere! We continued to Modica, then the highlight of the tour culminated in us visiting Scicli, where the police station scenes are filmed. to our great surprise, they were filming some of the last ever series of Montalbano! Christy did the almost impossible, and took us to a great spot where we actually saw Luca Zingaretti, Montalbano coming down the steps! He proceeded to shake hands and have photos taken with a number of mostly assembled local people, but to our great surprise, he shook hands with both my husband and I, and the rest of our tour !!! It began to rain heavily, and he left in a rather nice car!We contined on our tour in a great state of shared excitement to Modica, and the drive back to Taormina. We still cant believe that we would actually have experienced such a wonderful day!
We really loved this tour. Inspector Montalbano series alerted us to the beauty of Sicily but this covered so much more. Christi the guide has read his reviews and introduced more about the series but his knowledge of Sicily and ability to impart it was excellent
Interesting tour which covered much more than Montalbano sites. Non-stop narrative from guide was great and a treat at lunch meeting one of cast.
The locations visited were excellent and worthwhile even if you are not an Inspector Montalbano follower. The guide's knowledge of locations and Sicily in general were second to none and he kept to the busy schedule whilst ensuring that there was sufficient time allocated for our own exploring. The towns visited Ragusa Ibla, Punta Secca and Scicli were beautiful and feature Baroque architecture at its best.
Excellent tour. We met the actors Perfect tour very informative
What a fantastic day out ! The trip was smooth and seemless ! The locations for Inspector Montalbano were great but what really made it for us was your wonderful guide Christi and probably the best driver in Sicily, Pepe !!! Thank you so much for a fantastic / wonderful day out ! and Grazie to Christi and Pepe
This tour was very good ! The guide was very informative about everything Sicilian !my only criticisms are even though you see a lot of montalbano sites ! Most of the talking is about Sicily in general ! We didn't get to see the mafia mansion and very long 12 hour tour but still worth it !
Firstly, the location where we were due to meet the tour bus was incorrect. We were told to wait outside an Hotel but the bus stopped at a nearby bus stop which was round a bend and not visible from outside the hotel and it was only by the utmost luck that we caught the bus.
Then, the blurb said we would see the Sinagras villa and Montelbano's office, neither of which we did.
So it was disappointing but we got to see Marinella and bits of Vigataso it wasnt a total waste of time.
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