Going Back in Time in Scicli

I have been watching the TV show “Inspector Montalbano” for more than a year now and can easily say I have a soft spot for Sicily. Based on the books by Andrea Camilleri, Inspector Montalbano has been shot in different Sicilian towns but the inspector’s main headquarters are shown to be in Scicli. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Scicli (pronounced as Sheek-lee) is a very very old town of the island and that is noticeable as you enter the town and see crude cliffs and ancient cave dwellings. There are also baroque buildings almost everywhere. Scicli goes back as far as the Copper Age (yes, that’s right) and has an interesting history as it was ruled by Arabs, Spanish and Normans.

The Scicli of Inspector Montalbano

The Scicli of Inspector Montalbano: An ancient way of making bread

Duomo di San Bartolomeo

The Scicli of Inspector Montalbano: Old homes

The Scicli of Inspector Montalbano

Despite being old and withdrawn, Scicli is deeply alluring. It has strange figure heads in balconies that give you back a wretched look and then how can I miss the air there. Scicli makes life feel so slow…so dull.. yet to intriguing.
The Scicli of Inspector Montalbano: A little lost

The Scicli of Inspector Montalbano: Men hanging out in the piazza

The Scicli of Inspector Montalbano: One of the bars where I stopped for an espresso

The Scicli of Inspector Montalbano: Reminds me of Puglia

The Scicli of Inspector Montalbano

The Scicli of Inspector Montalbano

The Scicli of Inspector Montalbano: Any time is gelato time

The Scicli of Inspector Montalbano: Buongiorno!!

The Scicli of Inspector Montalbano: Outside Montalbano’s office

And that is why somehow Scicli stayed with me despite it’s abandoned look. I would love to go back and spend a few nights here before it gets run down by mass tourism.
How to Reach:
I stayed in Modica and accessed Scicli by car. All the towns of this side of Sicily are best explored by car. I wouldn’t recommend depending on public transport as this area isn’t as well connected as the rest of Sicily. However, if you want to be a little adventurous do hop in on a local bus and see for yourself!

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Ishita is an Indian Blogger who is in love with all things Italian. Every year, Ishita seek’s new experiences and destinations in Italy; from the southernmost tip of Sicilia to the Northern most parts of Piemonte.

Ishita works and lives in Delhi.

50 thoughts on “Going Back in Time in Scicli

  1. Too cruel! Such beautiful and tempting photos! Thanks for sharing.
    Just wondering whether you think Sicily would be a good destination for a walking holiday? I have done a couple of caminos in Spain and am thinking that Italy may also be a good country for a long stroll.
    Thanks again, Mel

      1. Thank you! I’m slowly making my way South in Italy, although the closest I’ve got so far is Rome … 😀 I recently visited Valetta ( capital of Malta, off the south coast of Italy ) which had the most lovely vibes of a mix between Italian and Arabian influences. Have you been? I think you might adore it.

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