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13 Sep 2017
“A must see for Montalbano fans and a great secluded beach!”
11 Jun 2017
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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Visited La Fornace Penna as it featured in the book and TV production of Inspector Montalbanos 'The Shape of Water'. We were staying near Punta Secca and Sampieri was a 40 minute drive away. It was well worth the drive. As well as the amazing...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank GavenKent
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Not worth a visit as such but it is surprising how photogenic a disused factory can be as it overlooks Sampieri beach.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank David C
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

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Wandering_Aengus
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.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank DAVID-Malta-10
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...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank mesamm
Reviewed 10 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.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank springvisitors
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...More

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Ashfield531
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...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank jcrossBdV
Reviewed 17 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...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank 943yannickm
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...More

Date of experience: June 2015
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