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While watching the Sicilian TV show “Inspector Montalbano“, I learnt that one of the major towns that the show was shot in was Scicli. So in Sicily I made sure to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site town. (pronounced as Sheek-lee)

The first thing I noticed in the town was how old it was. Around me were low hills with crude cliffs and ancient cave dwellings. There were also old baroque buildings in different piazzas.

Scicli is actually very old as it goes as far as the Copper Age. Yes, there are proofs of settlements from that time. The town also has an interesting history as it was ruled by Arabs, Spanish and Normans, very similar to Palermo.

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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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Scicli was very alluring despite being old. It was full of very strange figures in balconies, quite different from the ones in Modica because the ones in Scicli appeared to be more forlorn and wretched.

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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 office

I went to several towns in Sicily but Scicli stayed with me. The town seems a little abandoned and on its own which made me feel sad for it. But that is also a charm. I hope you too can visit Scicli someday, maybe before it gets run down by mass tourism.

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