• Location: Taormina, Italy
  • Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
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Discover the filming locations used in hit Italian TV series, ‘Inspector Montalbano’ (Commissario Montelbano), on a full-day tour from the Messina or Taormina province. With a knowledgeable guide, see spectacular sites and real-life settings of locations featured in the hit spy drama; admire the gorgeous Baroque plazas and sacred churches of fictional town, Vigata, and admire the tranquil beaches and impressive structures of Punta Secca, Scicli and Ragusa Ibla. Listen to entertaining anecdotes and fascinating facts from your expert guide throughout the day, and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your hotel in either Messina or Taormina.

Highlights

  • Full-day Inspector Montalbano tour from Taormina or Messina province
  • Explore the beautiful Sicilian villages of Ragusa Ibla, Punta Secca and Scicli with a guide
  • See the locations where the popular Italian TV spy drama were shot
  • Visit lovely Baroque churches, plazas and buildings depicted in the show
  • Hear about the scenes, characters and story plots behind each location

What You Can Expect

'Inspector Montalbano' Filming Locations Tour from Taormina

Explore Filming Locations

Emerge early and depart from your hotel in either Taormina or Messina in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan destined for the charming Sicilian town of Ragusa, real-life setting of the fictional Inspector Montalbano town, Vigata. 

Visit the grand Piazza Duomo and Basillica of St George, structures regularly featured in the spy drama, and then continue to significant landmarks like the Palazzo Donnafugata and Circolo di Conversazione, where the popular episodes ‘Gli Arancini di Montalbano’ and ‘The Scent of the Night’ were filmed.

Enjoy some leisurely free time to explore independently and then reconvene with your group for the scenic journey to Punta Secca, a charming seaside town known as 'Marinella' in the show. Stroll the sandy beaches upon which the protagonist likes to recline, and gaze at the grand façade of the Montalbano Commissioner's House. 

Opt to enjoy lunch on the beach at your own expense, or take a revitalizing dip in the Mediterranean Sea before travelling onward to the quaint village of Scicli, famed for its beautiful Baroque monuments. Recognize the town known named 'Montelusa' in the show and visit distinctive landmarks like Scicli Municipal Town Hall, used as the site of the Vigata police station in the show. 

Having explored the area, return to your vehicle for the comfortable journey back to your Messina or Taormina hotel, where the tour concludes.

Customer Reviews

Joan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

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!

Colin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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

davidmstalker

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

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.

Vincenzo B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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.

Mimi Jennifer M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour. We met the actors Perfect tour very informative

Mr S H Podesta P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

sarahkearney

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

we had an amazing time

Lyndon D

4 star rating: Recommended July 2017

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 !

MR R C R

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2017

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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