Private shore excursion to the places described by Andrea Camilleri in his Inspector Montalbano books
Half day tour from Porto Empedocle port of call
Full day tour from Palermo or Catania ports of call
Vigàta and Montelusa are fictional towns that closely resemble Andrea Camilleri's hometown of Porto Empedocle and the nearby Agrigento. Join us on a tour covering all the places described in the novels: the Pasture, the small lighthouse, the flat rock, Trattoria San Calogero and Trattoria Da Enzo, Marinella Beach, the Commisioner's Office and so on. Follow in the footsteps of the members of Vigata's small police force: the womanizer Mimí Augello, Montalbano's second-in-command, police officers like Fazio, Gallo and Galluzzo ( the core of Montalbano's team) and the stupid yet likeable Catarella, who mans the station's phones and has a penchant for computers and the internet. If you have a favourite Montalbano novel let us know and we will arrange a custom tour for you.
Drive to the city centre of Montelusa (Agrigento): we stop at the Commissioner's office (Questura) and walk to Piazza San Francesco, the place where the very idea of Vigata came to Camilleri's mind. Then, we continue along Via Atenea, the main street, to the Santo Spirito Library where Montalbano finds the book that helps him understand the mystery of the Terracotta Dog. Our last stop in Montelusa is the Rabato district . Transfer to Villaseta (The Snack Thief ) and continue to Vigata, passing by the Pasture. Stop at the Tower of Charles V (described in Camilleri's first book) and at the pier to admire the sight of Vigata from the sea. Later, we walk in Vigata city centre to Salita Granet and Caffè Vigata with references to various works of Andrea Camilleri that are set there (The shape of water, The scent of the night, The terracotta dog, The excursion to Tindari, The voice of the violin, The Age of Doubt, Rounding the Mark, etc). Leisure time to partake the small towm atmosphere which surrounds Camilleri's characters. Continue to Marinella (Montalbano's house) and Scala dei Turchi, another place often described in the novels.
Tour type: private shore trip from Porto Empedocle/ Palermo/ Catania ports of call.
Chauffer- driven. On demand we can provide English speaking driver/ guide and/or licensed tour guide.
Time duration: almost 4 hours from Poarto Empedocle, 7 hours from Palermo or Catania
Driving time: from Porto Empedocle 15 minutes, from Catania and Palermo over two hours
Departure time: on demand
Meeting place for cruisers: Port of call pier: The guide/ driver will hold a sign with clients' name.
Tour cost: depends on the services requested (driver, English speaking driver, licensed tour guide, driver/guide). Please ask for a quote