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Montalbano’s Vigata
and Andrea Camilleri

Andrea Camilleri is one of the most famous Italian writers, renown especially for its novels whose main character is the Inspector Salvo Montalbano.
Camilleri is sicilian, born in Porto Empedocle, and he makes this city – which back in the day was a fishing village – an inspiration to narrate Montalbano’s Vigata.

Today, right at the entrance of Porto Empedocle, it’s possible to read the name “Vigata” next to the one of the real city. Thanks to the notoriety and the success reached by the tv series “The Inspector Montalbano”, the fictional city of Vigata has become so famous as to attract a “fictional” turism.

Montalbano’s Sicily

Actually, the sicilian cities in which the scenes of the tv serues “The Inspector Montalbano” are filmed are multiple. Indeed, there is a touristic geography which starts from Porto Empedocle (Vigata), and goes to Scicli (which is actually where the Police Station is).
Montalbano’s home, which in the tv series is located in the fictional place called Marinella, is actually in Punta Secca, a fishing village in Ragusa’s province.
This side of Sicily, thanks to Camilleri’s narrative mastermind, has become an “itinerant novel”, and it includes Ragusa Ibla, Donnalucata, Punta Secca and Marina di Ragusa.


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