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La Fornace Penna

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Address: Scicli, Sicily, Italy
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Sicily's most famous ruin!

This derelict factory features in several Inspector Montelbano episodes. The atmospheric ruin is worth a short visit (internal access is discourages), and a beautiful sandy beach... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 September 2016
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This derelict factory features in several Inspector Montelbano episodes. The atmospheric ruin is worth a short visit (internal access is discourages), and a beautiful sandy beach is nearby if you wish to stay longer

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SLIEMA , MALTA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

What was once an industrial building has now been abandoned and provided the background for a good number of scenes from the well known Montalbano series. Worth the visit especially since it is close to Sampieri.

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Huddersfield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

This ruined brickworks is extremely photogenic, set on a peninsula of rock above the sea, visible for long distances. To get there do not attempt to park in Sampieri itself: there is a large car park but no signage to get there, and the streets are hair raisingly narrow, with double parking and the usual Sicilian standards of driving (an... More 

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

This abandoned tile factory, standing on the headland beyond Sampieri beach like the ruins of some ancient temple, was used frequently as a location in filming the popular tv series Montalbano.

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

You can see why this served as a perfect location and as ruined factories go this has a sense of grandeur. It is not the easiest place to find but when you do the peaceful surroundings, the rock formations, the lizards and the views make is charming

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Didcot, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

We got lost and had a nightmare of a trip. Seen from a distance at the end... still impressive. Mixed feelings: on one side because of Montalbano this is now very popular, but apparently not looked after; on another side there are other relicts of a similar sort that are remarkable on their own (various tonnare around the South East... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

The place has its own magic. The story of this ruined furnace, which was destroyed by an arson in 1924, blends with my souvenirs of Inspector Montalbano's visits. I enjoyed being able to walk in and around freely, while enjoying amazing views over the Mediterranean Sea and Sampieri's beach. Take your camera with you, and breath!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015

As mentioned below La Fornace Penna is an evocative ruined brick factory that doubles as a the Mannara ruined tuna fishery in certain episodes of the Montelbano Detective series. On a couple of early evenings we parked the car by La Fornace Penna, accessible from a turning by a set of unused traffic lights just before Marina Di Modica and... More 

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Coulsdon, Surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

You may spot this in the distance while on the beach at Sampieri - it's a former brick factory, built in the early 1900s that was destroyed by fire in 1924. It features in the Inspector Monalbano series and is a very striking ruin.

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Giarratana, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

PISCIOTTO or FORNACE PENNA is a so-called industrial archeology monument standing on a minuscule promontory dominating the bay of Sampieri, a charming and renamed locality in the RAGUSA PROVINCE. It's a former factory with an high chimney stack, ruined by a fire and never restored. Rumors tells about a mobsters revenge as the reason of the fire. Anyhow, it's majestic... More 

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