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Sicily: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour

1. Sicily: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour

On this informative tour, follow in the footsteps of Michael Corleone in The Godfather. Discover the beautiful medieval villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agrò nestled on 2 beautiful hills where Francis Ford Coppola shot the famous movies. Explore the splendid hidden corners of Sicily as you go off the beaten path. Visit St. Lucy Church where Michael married Apollonia and the Cathedral of Forza d'Agrò where another wedding scene was shot. Enjoy a drink or lemon granita at Bar Vitelli where Michael Corleone asked Mr. Vitelli if he could marry his daughter. Then, explore the beautiful Castello Degli Schiavi.

Messina: Godfather Private Tour with Optional Food and Wine

2. Messina: Godfather Private Tour with Optional Food and Wine

Enjoy the sights and tastes of Italy à la The Godfather in the company of a knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide.  Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or port at a time suitable to you before beginning your tour in Savoca, a medieval hilltop town where the fictitious Michael Corleone hid out during the "Going to the Mattresses" scene.  In Savoca, stop at Bar Vitelli, which looks exactly as it did in the movie. At Bar Vitelli, you will be invited to take pictures with an authentic Sicilian shotgun, see pictures from The Godfather movie, enjoy the view from the square where the wedding scene was filmed, and purchase souvenirs.  The highlight, however, will be an optional tasting of Sicilian cannoli and lemon granita. Your next stop will be the church of Santa Lucia, where Michael and Apollonia got married. You will follow in the footsteps of the newlyweds down the hill into the town. Once in the town, visit another ancient church, dating back to the 13th century.  Your guide will tell you about the filming processes involved in shooting The Godfather and some fun trivia about the movie, the director, and the actors. Discover the history of the real Sicilian mafia from your guide. Hear how the mafia rose to power, its structure, and about the "Law of Silence", "Men of Respect" and the "Boss of the Bosses". After all this walking and learning, you will be taken to visit one of the best wine bars in Savoca where you can try excellent Sicilian wines and locally produced, traditional food including cheeses, salami, prosciutto, olives, and homemade bread.  During the tour in Savoca, you will also see the mirror monument dedicated to Coppola, on the panoramic terrace overlooking the Ionian coast, the site of Michael Corleone's wedding scene. Your tour will continue to Forza D'Agro, another stunning hilltop town. Your guide will lead you along abandoned streets towards the historic square where you will visit the churches Santissima Trinita and Santissima Annunziata. In Forza D'Agro, you will see the piazza where young Vita Andolini escaped from Don Ciccio's men and you will walk up to the remains of a 12th-century Norman Castle to admire the panoramic view of the Ionian coastline.

From Taormina: The Godfather Movie Tour of Sicily Villages

3. From Taormina: The Godfather Movie Tour of Sicily Villages

Depart from Taormina to visit the Sicilian hill towns of Savoca and Forza D’Agrò. Explore the sets of the popular movie The Godfather. See the famous Bar Vitelli and wedding venue, among other places you’ll recognize from the films. Hear stories about the movies and Sicily from a local guide. Enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside. Take a pleasant stroll in the villages. Easily find filming locations of the movie. Visit the Trimarchi building, the venue for the famous Bar Vitelli. Then, see the location of the wedding shoot, the Church of Santa Lucia. Learn about tales behind the great film, and the equally captivating history of the island that inspired this masterpiece by Francis Ford Coppola. Many scenes of village life were filmed on the cobblestone streets and traditional houses of Forzà d'Agrò. Explore SS. Annunziata Square, Church of SS. Annunziata, and the birthplace of Vito Corleone. Admire the charm of the Sicilian countryside in this amazing place, nestled between the provinces of Messina and Catania.

From Tropea: Full-Day Tour to Taormina in Sicily

4. From Tropea: Full-Day Tour to Taormina in Sicily

Travel from Tropea to Taormina in Sicily and explore the beautiful town on a day trip. The journey alone will enchant you as you pass by the Tyrrhenian cliffs overlooking the Aeolian Islands to reach the port of Villa San Giovanni. Continue on by ferry across the Strada di Messine. During the crossing you can enjoy an espresso on the deck and the panoramic views of Mount Etna and Messina. Taormina is known for its mild climate, lush vegetation, magnificent palaces, dreamy streets, elegant squares, and panoramic views at 200 meters above sea level at the foot of the Monte Tauro Mountains. You will be accompanied to Porta di Taormina, the entrance to the city, from where you can explore on your own. Stroll past chic boutiques and visit the Greco-Roman amphitheater, where you'll have a fantastic view of Mount Etna. Try Sicilian specialties, such as fresh arancini (rice balls filled with vegetables and ground meat) or granita (a sorbet-like desert). Let yourself be tempted to a shopping spree or just relax at the Piazza.

Private Tour of Alcantara Gorges. Including Food and Wine

5. Private Tour of Alcantara Gorges. Including Food and Wine

During this private tour by comfortable air-conditioned car, you will visit a Sicilian natural phenomenon - Alcantara Gorges National Reserve. This tour is private - only for your party, nobody else, to ensure the highest standards for clients, and includes pickup and drop-off at your accommodation or the port in Taormina, Catania, or Messina. Several thousand years ago, the river Alcantara's bed was blocked by a lava flow from Mount Etna. As the lava was cooled much more quickly by the water than it would have done otherwise, it crystallized in the form of columns. Over the next millennia, the river naturally eroded a channel through these columns, resulting in impressive gorges and ravines. During this private tour to Gole Alcantara, you will visit the Alcantara park relaxation area. Your friendly private English-speaking guide will explain to you about the origins of this natural phenomenon, about Etna, and Sicily itself. After this refreshing experience, your guide will chauffeur you to the charming seaside town of Giardini Naxos - the first Greek colony in Sicily. You will visit one of the best wine bars and have a delicious and hearty food and wine tasting. You will taste different types of Sicilian Etna DOC red and white wines with locally produced organic food - cheeses, salami, prosciutto, bresaola, olives, mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh bread.

From Messina: Mount Etna and Taormina Trip with Tastings

6. From Messina: Mount Etna and Taormina Trip with Tastings

The tour starts from the pier in Messina port or other point agreed. Pick up time provided by the customers. After a quick presentation of Messina through it’s main streets we reach the highway Messina/Catania. Reached Giarre, we leave the plains behind us and start our climb through the villages to the slopes of Etna, Santa Venerina and Zafferana. We will make a stop at a local company dedicated to beekeeping where customers can enjoy a taste of honey and typical products of Sicily like oil, olives and famous limoncello made with lemons of this wonderful land. It continues to climb to reach Mount Etna and in this ascent can be have views overlooking the Catanese coast, Until you get Ai Silvestri Craters coveted stage Dai Tourists from around the world for a breathtaking view and observe Near Le latest castings of past Years of lava. Then we walk to Taormina is where we focus first on a balcony from which you can admire the view of Taormina’s cliff with the famous Isola Bella and take very beautiful photos. After you arrive in Taormina village and accompany clients to pedestrian entrance which leads into the heart of Taormina. You passing the famous Corso Umberto (Ancient Roman road Valeria) reaching the main places of attraction the Greek Theater, shops, delicious restaurants and monuments after 1 or 2 hours spent at the discretion of the customer. It returned to Messina making a quick stop on a vantage point of Messina where stands a monument / Mausoleum with bronze statues (Sanctuary of Christ the King) and then we stop in Messina’s cathedral, where stands the largest astronomical and astrological clock world.

From Tropea: Stromboli, Panarea, Lipari Guided Day Tour

7. From Tropea: Stromboli, Panarea, Lipari Guided Day Tour

The Aeolian Islands are natural wonders to be discovered and the best way to do it is undoubtedly by boat. Take part in a mini-cruise to the Aeolian Islands to get an overview of these splendid islands, each one different from the others, and in just one day, you will be able to grasp the peculiarities of each island. Wind and sun have forged the character and identity of the islanders. A sea still full of fish and clean, caves and very high cliffs, stacks, and beaches with fine black sand, solfataras and mountains of white pumice, and all the charm of the island's environments. Despite the vicissitudes of history and the changes imposed by the modern world, this identity has survived with its customs and traditions. The archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, north of the Sicilian coast, in the province of Messina, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. Seven islands of volcanic origin some of which there is still a fair amount of volcanic activity. The largest island is Lipari, followed by Salina. The smallest, Panarea, is also the most exclusive island, preferred by VIPs. Stromboli, thanks to the intense volcanic activity of "Iddu" has seen a strong increase in tourism in recent years. Vulcano remains a very popular island both for the spa and for the tourist attractions. Finally, Filicudi and Alicudi, west of the archipelago and close to Palermo, are the islands for lovers of nature and tranquility. Alicudi does not circulate vehicles and is characterized by a wild and uncontaminated territory, ideal for a perfect Sicilian mix of beach holidays and trekking.

From Cesarò: Nebrodi Park by 4x4 Half-Day Trip

8. From Cesarò: Nebrodi Park by 4x4 Half-Day Trip

Meet your guide in Portella Femmina Morta near Cesarò. Here, you'll hop on a 4x4 vehicle and begin your journey through the wilderness and discover Mount Soro, the highest peak in the Nebrodi mountains. By following the pathways which disentangle from the thick forests, you'll then reach Lake Maulazzo, an artificial lake covering a surface of about five hectares. After taking a break to soak up the views in the Nebrodi Park, on the 4x4, following other pathways, you'll reach one of the biggest lakes in the park, Biviere di Cesarò Lake. During this adventurous drive, you might get to spot some black-skinned pigs and Sanfratello horses that typically dwell in this part of the Nebrodi Mountains.

Cesarò: Full Day Tour of Nebrodi Park in a 4x4

9. Cesarò: Full Day Tour of Nebrodi Park in a 4x4

We will meet at Portella Femmina Morta near Cesarò, one of the towns located inside the Nebrodi Park. Here you will get on our 4x4 vehicle and start your journey through this lovely wild area. You will discover Mount Soro in our 4x4, the highest peak in the Nebrodi mountains and you will then reach Lake Maulazzo. After taking a break to enjoy the stunning views in the Nebrodi Park, we will then get on the 4x4 again and follow other pathways until one of the biggest lakes in the park, Biviere di Cesarò Lake. During this entertaining drive you might get to spot some black-skinned pigs and Sanfratello horses that typically dwell this part of the Nebrodi Mountains. After admiring this last stunning lake, you will continue your tour in the 4x4 and drive through the Mangalaviti forest, a beechwood, containing mostly secular trees. You will then reach your final destination, the Catafurco waterfall: a 30-metre high drop above the San Basilio stream. Nothing more sensational will conclude your amazing day at the Nebrodi Park before your return to Cesarò.

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based on 38 reviews

Alessio was a great host making the whole group feel welcomed. His knowledge of the Godfather was second to none and took us to some beautiful spots which any fan would recognise. All in all was a great experience and would highly recommend Alessio as your host. P.S Alessio watch the Wire. George & Em

Gianfranco was the most gracious host. He knew all the details of The Godfather & hidden gems of Sicily. He was personable & a great driver. We really enjoyed our day with him & would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Sicily. Thank you!

Alesio was a great and entertaining guide. We had a nice small group of 6 people who were all big fans of the movies. Beautiful little towns and of course seeing where many scenes were filmed was really fun.

Marco, our guide was fabulous - so informative and passionate Would definitely recommend Marco, the tour and the company Thank you for a fabulous day

Rosario is an excellent tourist guide. Relaxed, knowledgeable and considerate of his clients weaknesses.