Sicilian Sea-side Villas with beautiful vistas and country-style decor
Punta Secca, or Marinella, as the house of Commissario Montalbano is called, in the famous TV series, based on Andrea Camilleri's crime novels, and is located in the fictitious city of Vigàta. Most of tthe series was filmed across multiple locations, but the baroque, sand-stone based buildings and palazzi are always in the backdrop. The gorgeous terrace with sea view of the Casa di Montalbano, has become an iconic vista, and the actual house is now been converted into a B&B. So you can sleep in the famous house which is located in a beautiful position, facing the sea and facing a Saracen tower. Looking out onto the balcony, you will almost have the impression of seeing Commissioner Salvo on the veranda. For info and reservations bed-and-breakfast; the cost of a double room starts from 95 euros.
Sicilian Country Houses as diverse as the history of Sicily
Sicilian have a simple country style look decor, similar to Masseria's in Puglia. Emphasing the colors of the earth, sandstone with a few color highlights. However, as with the history of Sicily, they reflect different styles and decors, and can range from simple country houses to country villas, once owned by local aristocracy.
The Sicilian style takes inspiration from the country and seaside setting, using colors of its rich land and sea. The color Marsala is used for internal walls, giving it passion and character. There is no shortage of traditional majolica, which cover vases, amphorae, accessories and objects, livening up every room in style with style. And what about lemons? Omnipresent on dining tables and chairs, these citrus fruits color the roof and the kitchen with their warm and bright yellow.
Baroque Sicilian Villas underpin the Commissario Montalbano film imagery
The contrast to Montalbano's sea-side house, are the rich Sicilian baroque architecture shown throughout the series, highlighting the decadent palazzi of once wealthy Sicilian aristocrats. Sicilian Baroque is the distinctive form of Baroque architecture which evolved on the island of Sicily in the 17th and 18th centuries, when it was part of the Spanish Empire. The style is recognizable not only by its typical Baroque curves and flourishes, but also by its grinning masks and putti and a particular flamboyance that has given Sicily a unique architectural identity.The highly decorative Sicilian Baroque period lasted barely fifty years, and perfectly reflected the social order of the island at a time ,when ruled by Spain. It was in fact governed by a wealthy and often extravagant aristocracy into whose hands ownership of the primarily agricultural economy was highly concentrated. The demise of the Sicilian aristocracy is well described in the famous novel by reflected in Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel 'Il Gattopardo'.
Some of the most famous palazzi of that time are Palazzo Filangeri di Mirto, Palazzo Branciforte di Butera, Palazzo Valguarnera di Gangi, Palazzo Alliata di Villafranca, Palazzo Gravina di Comitini and Palazzo Celestri di Santa Croce.