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Montalbano’s Sicily

Hurray for the return this Saturday of the charismatic Inspector Montalbano – even if it’s in the form of a prequel to the main series as a young Montalbano is posted to a remote village in the Sicilian mountains before being promoted and transferred to Vigata.

Hard to say whether it’s the early morning swims, the almost tangible smell of coffee on that beachfront terrace or the steaming platters of  ‘pasta alla norma’ that make you long to be there … but there are few better adverts for south east Sicily and the baroque towns of Ragusa, Modica and Scicli than this series.

Grab one of Ryanair’s new low-cost flights to the region (Comiso) starting on 18 September, a soloSicily villa with a garden that leads down to the beach and suddenly the end of the summer doesn’t look so bleak …

The Young Montalbano is on BBC4 on 7 September at 9pm.

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