I've been watching episodes of "Detective Montalbano" on DVDs and I (as a USA resident) have some questions. To which of Italy's police forces does he belong ? From http://www.understandingitaly.com/profile-content/italian-police.html, I'd guess the municipal police, but the description indicates they investigate "petty" crimes - which don't include murder, I assume. Sicily is described as an an autonomous part of Italy. In what sense is it autonomous and in what sense is it "part of" Italy ? Is the architecture shown in the episodes actually typical of Sicily or particular parts of it? All the buildings look old. No McDonalds or Taco Bells.