The Sicily Travel.net web site is a valuable web site. It offers various thematic itineraries for the city of Agrigento, the Province and other Sicilian destinations.
For example, the literary tour is focused on educating the tourist by visiting the Agrigentine literary heritage sites left behind by Luigi Pirandello (home, museum and places he wrote about), Andrea Camilleri (places where the fictional Inspector Montalbano carries out his detective work) and Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (Palazzo Filangeri de Cutò in Santa Margherita di Belice – where the original manuscript to his major literary work of Il Gattopardo is preserved).
In addition, the web site provides information on the Valley of the Temples and the Centro Storico, as well as other customized services such as airport transfers, lodging recommendations and private transportation. Links to accommodations in the Agrigento area are also provided.
Lonely Planet, the Washington Post and Trip Advisor highly recommend this web site.
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For the family tree tour, hire a local tour guide; Michele Gallo (http://www.sicilytravel.net) is well regarded and will do research on your family before you arrive (a full-day tour is about $300). Town clerks, especially in small villages, may be more suspicious than welcoming, especially if you're not accompanied by a local guide...
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Palermo Tours Whether you are staying in the regional capital or visiting it from a beach resort, a Palermo day tour makes an interesting excursion. Palermo is a "bustling, noisy city with an unrivaled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches," according to Rough Guides. Sicily Travel (sicilytravel.net) has a half-day Palermo walking tour to visit the historic center of Palermo seeing the Quattro Canti, Pretoria Fountain, the Royal Palace and the Norman Cathedral. The tour continues to the town of Monreale with its Arab-Norman cathedral covered in mosaics. USA TODAY Travel Tips
Agrigento, Sizilien. Der mürrische Commissario Montalbano ist als Romanund als TV-Figur bekannt. Die Touren, die der lokale Reiseveranstalter Sicilytours. com anbietet, sind im Baukastensystem aufgebaut. Die kürzeste Tour dauert einen halben Tag. Die «Tatorte», Schauplätze oder Filmsets liegen relativ weit auseinander. Ein deutschsprachiger Guide für sieben Stunden kostet rund !($ Franken. Nicht inbegri'en im Preis sind Besuche in den legendären Restaurants, in denen der Autor Andrea Camilleri seinen Helden speisen lässt. Selbst Kochkurse sind im Angebot. Dauer: Je nach Tour zwischen % und ) Stunden. Preis: nach Absprache. Infos: www.sicilytravel.net.
Michele Gallo, a guide at Sicily TravelNet, said he had seen a notable increase in British tourists coming on his Montalbano-themed tour, one of several operating on the island. Their arrival, he said, was of great benefit to local businesses. But he bemoaned the popularity of the TV locations as opposed to Camilleri's literary landscape. "It's a shame that few come to see the places in the novels, which are not the places in the TV show," he said. "The 'real' Montalbano is that of the novels."
Tras las pistas del Comisario Montalbano: entrevista con Michele Gallo
Efecto Mariposa: La paciencia de la araña de Andrea Camilleri. Después, el programa dialogó con Michele Gallo, guía Turístico de Sicily Travel, para conocer Sicilia y los lugares ficticios en donde se desarrolla la obra.RADIO URUGUAY 10250 AM