Friday, December 12, 2014


In September I reported that Sicily was at risk of losing one of its most beloved fictional characters, il commissario Montalbano [Inspector Montalbano]. This was because the company that films the popular television series felt frustrated at what it perceived as a lack of support from the Sicilian region.  Given that "Montalbano tourism" had generated millions of euros for the island over 15 years, the dissatisfaction of the company's executives was understandable.

Happily, the situation now seems to have been resolved, as under an agreement signed last week between the production company and the Mayor of Ragusa the town has committed itself to supporting the productions. In addition, each council in Ragusa Province will have a representative who will liaise with the production company to offer both practical and logistical help. 

But what's this? In the same week, Sicily was warned that it is at risk of losing the UNESCO World Heritage Site status of some of its attractions due to poor maintenance or poor or non-existent infrastructure. Sometimes I want to scream in exasperation at the lack of planning, foresight and even common sense that could allow this to happen. Come on, Sicily! You've saved the inspector - now save his island.


Unknown said...

Great news for the Montalbano addict here :-) watching it helps me so much with my Italian - especially the Parolacce! :-)

annechung said...

I watch it sometimes together with Don Matteo.

Lee said...

Don't go tearing your hair out or banging your head against the wall, Pat...have a red wine or brandy, or whatever else takes your fancy instead. :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Glad you're pleased, Anneka. I love him too! Hello, Anne. Both great series. Hi, Lee. Sadly I can't drink the good stuff any more but a Sicilian red orange juice is a good substitute!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Damn right Pat, they need to sort it all out. x

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Anne. Yes, they do!


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