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$56.67 Tours & Sightseeing

Savoca, Forza D’Agro Godfather Tour with Wine, Dinner Option

Your personal local English speaking tour leader will pick you up at your hotel or port at your preferred hour, and you will drive by a private comfortable air-conditioned car along the Ionian Coast. Private tour exclusively for your party – nobody else, to ensure the highest standards for our guests.First stop is Savoca, a medieval hilltop town where Michael Corleone was hiding out during the “going to the mattresses” time. Here you will visit Bar Vitelli, which looks exactly the way it did in the movie, and see the exact spot where Michael informed Apollonia’s father that his name was Corleone, and that “there are people who'd pay a lot of money for that information, but then your daughter would lose a father instead of gaining a husband”. Here you can take pictures with an authentic Sicilian shotgun “Lupara”, see pictures from the movie and a monument for Coppola, enjoy the sea view from the square where the wedding scene was shot, purchase The Godfather souvenirs, and – “leave the gun, take the cannoli” - taste original Sicilian cannoli and lemon granita. Then you will visit a church of Santa Lucia where Michael and Apollonia got married. Then follow the same path down the hill into town that the newlyweds did, and visit another ancient church of the 13th century. Your guide will tell you about the filming process and trivia about the movie, the director and the actors, some of them we could also meet on the streets, like an actress who played Apollonia’s mother and who still lives in Savoca. Your friendly guide will introduce you the real history of Sicilian Mafia. You will listen how it raised and developed, about its structure, about the law of silence “Omerta”, about “men of respect” and the “Boss of the bosses” who became a prototype of Don Corleone.  Then optionally you can visit one of the best wine bars in Savoca where on a terrace with romantic sea view you can taste different types of excellent Sicilian wines and traditional food (locally produced cheeses, salami, prosciutto, caponata, home-made jelly, olives, domestic olive oil and fresh home-made bread).  We will continue the tour in Forza D'Agro, another stunning hilltop town. You will walk the abandoned streets (“Where have all men gone?” – “They’re dead from vendettas”), see the historic square and pictures from the movie, visit ancient churches – Santissima Trinita and Santissima Annunziata, see the piazza where young Vito Andolini (later Vito Corleone) escaped Don Ciccio’s men by hiding in a basket on a donkey’s back, walk up to see the remains of a Norman castle of the 12th century, admire panoramic view of the Ionian coastline, and get a flavor of the Sicilian pastoral lifestyle remained unchanged since ancient times. Then, you can optionally have lunch or dinner at one of the best fish restaurants in Sicily and taste 10 different types of traditional fish dishes, with a company of fine Sicilian wines.

$40.41 Cultural & Theme Tours

'The Godfather' Movie Tour from Taormina

The Sicilian town of Corleone was the birthplace of many members of the characters from The Godfather, but Corleone was too developed in the early 1970s to be used for filming. So director Francis Ford Coppola opted for the traditional towns of Savoca and Forzà d'Agrò, just outside of Taormina. Start with a pickup from select hotels in Taormina or in Messina province for your 4-hour Godfather tour, during which you’ll see first-hand where scenes from some of the greatest films of all time were shot.Settle into your comfortable coach and travel along the Sicilian coast to Savoca. Hop out to walk the streets of tiny, tucked-away town in the hills. Here you'll visit Church of Santa Maria Degli Angeli and enter the spooky underground crypt in the Convent of the Frati Minori Cappuccini. Get your picture taken at Bar Vitelli, the iconic bar where Michael Corleone asked Apollonia's father to meet his daughter. Make the most of 30 minutes of free time in the village to explore independently or perhaps relax with a coffee (own expense) before heading to your next stop: Forzà d'Agrò.The stone-paved pedestrian lanes and traditional buildings of this medieval hilltop town made for the perfect backdrop for the Godfather films. Here, visit the church that appears in several scenes in The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, followed by some free time to explore on your own.Reboard the coach and head back to your Taormina or Messina province hotel in the early evening.

$68.24 Tours & Sightseeing

The Godfather and Taormina Tour from Messina

Travel to the ancient village of Savoca from Messina, a distance of approximately 25 miles (40km). Soak in the beauty of Savoca, which sits upon a hill 985 feet (330 meters) above sea level, between the Agro and Savoca rivers. See a variety of filming locations used in Francis Ford Coppola's classic The Godfather. See the Church of St. Nicholas, Trimarchi Palace, and Bar Vitelli, with the same signage as seen in the film. Head next to Taormina. See the many charming shops and cafes along the Corso Umberto. Admire the Greek-Roman theater (exterior), built in the 3rd century, and Isola Bella, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the narrow, picturesque streets. Visit the historic center of the city on your own, admiring the wonderful monuments and the  breathtaking views.At  the end of the tour there will be a short stop at the panoramic terrace between the Shrine of Christ the King and the Sanctuary of Montalto from where you can admire the Strait of Messina.

$86.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Godfather Movie Tour from Messina

The tour begins at the pier (Terminal Cruise Ship) in Messina. Transfer to Savoca, where Francis Ford Coppola filmed some scenes for The Godfather movie. In Savoca you can see the place of the wedding scene between Mike Corleone and Apollonia Vitelli and the bar where Mike talks with Apollonia’s father. Another stop in this tour is in Forza D’agrò where you can see the Cathedral S. Annunziata that was the main square of Corleone in the movie. Last stop in Taormina where you can enjoy the view of Mount Etna and free shopping time. Back trip to Messina and a little city tour. Return to the place of departure.

$101.60 Day Trips & Excursions

Taormina, Savoca and Castelmola one day tour small group

For the tour to Taormina Savoca Castelmola we offer free service of pick-up at your accommodation, in Catania or Syracuse with comfortable 8 seats vehicle.First stop: Our first town of the one day tour will be Savoca, a characteristic medieval town. We will visit one of the fascinating catacombs of the Cappuccini Convent which hosts the mummified bodies of monks and nobles from Savoca.The bar Vitelli is the highlight of the tour: become famous in the scenes of the film The Godfather, here you can taste a delicious Sicilian granita and look at the photos taken during the shooting of the film.Second stop: Our second town will be the majestic Taormina. You can here visit the Greek Theatre (ticket is not included in the price), one of the major Ancient sites in Sicily, which offers a unique panoramic view of the sea and Mount Etna.  Walking along Corso Umberto, you can visit the Cathedral and enjoy the stunning view of Capo Taormina bay.Here in Taormina you will enjoy a free Sicilian snack: delicious tasting of products typical from Sicilian culinary tradition as the famous “tavola calda – hot table“. You will eat different arancini, pizza, calzoni, with Sicilian Doc wine.Third stop: Next stop will be in Castelmola, a characteristic medieval suburb suspended between the sky and the sea. Castelmola is considered a big balcony on Taormina, also here you will enjoy a fantastic view of Etna on one side and the Ionian sea on the other. From the square Sant’Antonio begin our walk in the alleys. Around the small streets it’s possible to see small shops that sell souvenirs, laces and embroideries made by locals women. Finally the last stop in Castelmola  is the visit of the “Bar Turrisi”, a very typical bar for a good coffee or a tasting of almond wine, typical Sicilian dessert wine.Taormina Savoca Castelmola one day tour ends at around 6 pm.Please Note that: our driver guide is not a touristic guide, so he cannot enter inside the historical places. He will give you information during the trip on the vehicle, before you will go inside.  A paper guide will be provided to be used inside the archeological areas.  For the visit of Taormina, the driver/guide will leave you 1-2 hours of free time to enjoy the city, with a paper guide and a map. 

$92.53 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Godfather Movie Tour from Giardini Naxos - Small Group Tour

The tour begins at the pier (Terminal Cruise Ship) in Giardini NAxos. Transfer to Savoca, where Francis Ford Coppola filmed some scenes for The Godfather movie. In Savoca you can see the place of the wedding scene between Mike Corleone and Apollonia Vitelli and the bar where Mike talks with Apollonia’s father. Another stop in this tour is in Forza D’agrò where you can see the Cathedral S. Annunziata that was the main square of Corleone in the movie. Last stop in Taormina where you can enjoy the view of Mount Etna and free shopping time.Return to the place of departure.