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I have been watching the Sicilian TV show “Inspector Montalbano” for more than a year now and can easily say I have a soft spot for Sicily. The TV shows has been shot in different towns but the main headquarters are shown to be in Scicli. A UNESCO World Heritage Site town, Scicli (pronounced as Sheek-lee) is a very old town of the island.

The first thing you notice as you enter the town are the crude cliffs and ancient cave dwellings. There are also baroque buildings everywhere. Scicli goes back as far as the Copper Age and has an interesting history being ruled by Arabs, Spanish and Normans.

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An ancient way of making bread

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Duomo di San Bartolomeo

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Old homes of Scicli

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Despite being old, it is deeply alluring and has an interesting character. You can see strange figure heads in balconies that give a wretched look. There is something in the air here that makes you feel as if life is slow, dull….

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A little lost

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A favorite: Men hanging out in the piazza

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One of the bars where I stopped for an espresso

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Reminds me of Puglia

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Love these homes and small lanes

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Any time is gelato time

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Buongiorno

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Very happy outside Montalbano’s fake office

Scicli stayed with me because of its abandoned look. It made me feel a little sad for it. I would love to go back and spend a few nights here before it gets run down by mass tourism.

How to Reach:

Scicli is best accessible from the towns of Catania, Modica and Ragusa by car. I would not recommend depending on public transport as this area isn’t as well connected as the rest of Sicily.

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