January 29th, 2016
On a recent trip to Sicily I was transported back to what Italy was like 20 years ago when I studied in Florence. At that time there was little English spoken, restaurants were happy to have North American visitors and there was hardly any influence from the Western world. The impetus for our trip was the Italian Crime Show “Montalbano.” It is set in this region and we were hooked in by the opening credits that show a bird’s eye view of the region with the magnificent hill top churches, homes set into the rock cliffs and the magnificent beaches. We set out in search of Montalbano’s world.
(Above) See some of the homes and churches set into the rock cliffs.
The first part of the strip we stayed in charming town of Modica - a Baroque masterpiece that was re-built after an earthquake in 1693. It is set in a valley and the small town is a feast of architectural gems and is 15 minutes away from beautiful sandy beaches. My husband and I loved walking up and down the steep, narrow streets and after reviewing my pictures I see a common thread of doors, architectural details and churches – elements that distinguish it as a unique place in the world.