Punta Secca, is a small fishing village, which is part of Santa Croce Camerina in the province of Ragusa, in Sicily. The people who live there call it “a sicca”, due to the presence of a small formation of rocks in front of the eastern beach. The climate in Punta Secca is mild and dry.

The village owes its recent popularity to the fact that part of the TV series “Il commissario Montalbano” and its prequel “Il Giovane Montalbano”, broadcast by RAI, was set here.

One of the main symbols of Punta Secca is the lighthouse, which was commissioned by the Borbonic government, designed in 1857 by the engineer Nicolò Diliberto D’Anna and built in 1858-59.

There are many attractions, which are worth a visit in Punta Secca, such as the beach, where it is possible to have a swim in front of Inspector Montalbano’s house, but the most famous place, as I mentioned before, is the house itself, where today it is possible to stay and where you can see the furnishings used in the TV series. It is located right on the beach of Punta Secca, which has become world-famous thanks to the successful TV series ‘Il Commissario Montalbano’ broadcast in 65 countries around the world. It is based on Andrea Camilleri’s novels and tells the story of Salvo Montalbano, police commissioner in the imaginary Sicilian town of Vigata, who episode after episode, always succeeds in solving the different mafia crimes or murder cases.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Montalbano’s house was a fish warehouse, but in 1904 it was then bought by Giovanni di Quattro, grandfather of the current owner.

“In his two-year stay he had learned to understand something about Sicilians. It wasn’t the words they said, it wasn’t the gestures they made… you had to be careful about how they said those words, how they made those gestures … nuances, ripples, slight changes of rhythm and intonation … “

Il Commissario Montalbano.

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