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The “Leopard” and Donnafugata Tour 2021

Created with Sketch. MUSEO DEL GATTOPARDO, Via Duomo, Santa Margherita di Belice, AG, Italy


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Daily Tour

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Visit Donnafugata: on the trails of the “Leopard” and Tomasi di Lampedusa

The hasty reader of the Leopard, looking for clues about the location of Donnafugata and taking a look at the map, thinks he found it near Ragusa. Nothing more wrong! He has to look somewhere else! Donnafugata is a fictional town but includes existing and easily recognizable places not far from Agrigento. Fortunately comes to our aid the information contained in a letter that  Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote to his friend Baron Enrico di Merlo Tagliavia.  “The palace at Donnafugata is one and the same as the one at Santa Margherita, while for the town as a whole, the reference is to Palma Montechiaro”. 

Join our local expert on a fascinating tour of “Donnafugata” in the places described by Tomasi di Lampedusa. At the end of the tour, you’ll get a better understanding of the book and an insight into the essence of Sicily.


The Leopard- Donnafugata tour

  • Santa Margherita Belice is the place where Lampedusa spent the happiest moments of hischildhood and is linked to the figure of his mother and the Tasca di Filangeri Cutò family. The town, founded by Antonio Corbera on the ruins of an Arab castle and hit by the earthquake of 1968, is the place where the writer spent the summer as a child.


The Leopard- Donnafugata tour

  • Palma di Montechiaro was founded in the mid 17 century by two ancestors of Lampedusa: Carlo and Giulio (also known as the Saint Duke). This is the place where the family’s feudal title hails from and is emblematic even in its architecture and urban design of the Tomasi’s uncompromising mysticism

The tour can be done in a full day (with an optional lunch in a gourmet restaurant) or in a half-day focusing in one town (Palma di Montechiaro or Santa Margherita Belice).

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5 – 7 hours



Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. MUSEO DEL GATTOPARDO, Via Duomo, Santa Margherita di Belice, AG, Italy
Created with Sketch.
from €270,00

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