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Inspector Montalbano Sicily

“Il Commissario” has done for south-east Sicily what “Bergerac” did for Jersey, Steve McGarrett for Hawaii, “Wallender” for south Sweden and what “Shetland” is doing for Shetland.TV detectives have become ambassadors. And travel agents. And are bringing in the tourists to visit Inspector Montalbano’s Sicily locations. The New Year sees a new ten-part series of BBC4’s “Inspector Montalbano”, starring the Bruce Willis- headed Luca Zingaretti and based on Andrea Camilleri’s books which have sold 15m worldwide.

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Il Giardino di Ballaro

The weather in Palermo may well have been unseasonably freezing, almost arctic some might have said, but inside Il Giardino di Ballaro the warmth was contagious, from the roaring log fire in the lounge to the hospitality of owner Annalise and her team. Il Giardino di Ballaro is a luxury B&B converted from an ancient bakery and stables right in the heart of Palermo’s old town and just a few steps from Ballaro, the biggest of the city’s four iconic outdoor markets.

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