"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"."
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa Letter to Baron Enrico Merlo di Tagliavia
The novel "The Leopard" was published in 1959, a year after the death of the author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. Rejected by several publishers and voted down even by Elio Vittorini, after publication the Leopard encountered immediate international success and was translated into almost all the languages of the world. The events described by Tomasi di Lampedusa show us Sicily in a a moment of change (the fall of the Bourbons and Garibaldi's expedition with the advent of the Kingdom of Italy), but, deep down, locked in its eternal immobility. The places that are the background to the story are basically Palermo and Donnafugata, a city of fantasy in which we find real and existing places at Palma di Montechiaro and Santa Margherita Belice.