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  • Godfather vs Mafia Tour from Taormina with Sicilian Lunch

    1. Godfather vs Mafia Tour from Taormina with Sicilian Lunch

    Begin the 5-hour tour with a drive to Savoca, a small village where you’ll take a guided walk through the old town. Visit places where The Godfather movie was filmed. See the Bar Vitelli where Michael Corleone met the father of his future wife Apollonia, and St. Lucy’s Church, where they were married. Learn about the history of the Sicilian Mafia and how it spread throughout Italy. Hear about the Mafia clan wars for control of the territory. The second stop is Forza D'Agro, another small village where the movie was filmed. After a walking tour stop for lunch in a charming elegant restaurant. Enjoy a plate of fresh pasta with sicilian wine from the Etna region on a terrace overlooking the Sicilian coast.

    It was a great experience and we learnt a lot about Sicily! The tour was very good. Antonio was very knowledgeable with a good sense of humour. Indefinitely recommend this tour.

  • Taormina, Savoca, and Castelmola Guided Transfer

    2. Taormina, Savoca, and Castelmola Guided Transfer

    Be picked up from your local accomodation by a comfortable 8 seat vehicle which will then take you to the first stop, Savoca, a characteristic medieval town. There, visit one of the fascinating catacombs of the Cappuccini convent which hosts the mummified bodies of monks and nobles from Savoca. Next, visit bar Vitelli, famously known as the bar from the film "The Godfather", where you can taste delicious Sicilian granita and look at photos which were taken during the shooting of the film. Then, travel to the second town on the tour, the majestic Taormina. Visit the Greek Theatre, or 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 also visit the Cathedral and enjoy the stunning view of Capo Taormina bay. While in Taormina, enjoy a free snack with a delicious tasting of products from the Sicili...

    Well balanced time at all locations allowing you time to explore. Information was excellent from the English speaking guide, which added to this extremely pleasurable tour. Small group also made the difference.

  • Savoca: Half-Day Donkey Riding and Godfather Tour

    3. Savoca: Half-Day Donkey Riding and Godfather Tour

    You will start your tour with a transfer to the village of Savoca, where you will meet with your donkeys. You will then be introduced to the basics, before you pick up your helmet and set off to a convent to visit a crypt. Once there you will learn about the history and landscape, before visiting bar Vitelli, where the famous Godfather movie was shot. Whilst here you will also taste a typical "lemon granita", made with the original recipe. You will then continue your tour on your donkeys as you head to Nino’s bakery to taste his delicious biscuits. After this, you will move on to a cathedral from the 12th century, and listen to your guide as they explain the secrets of the structure. You will then head to San Giovanni for an amazing view of the valley, the castles on the coast and Savoca Castel's Ruins. Afterwards you will move on to Santa Lucia church, which was also a Godfather shooti...

  • From Catania: The Godfather Movie Day Trip in Sicily

    4. From Catania: The Godfather Movie Day Trip in Sicily

    Depart from Catania 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. Reach Savoca and take a stroll around the historic center. Visit the Trimarchi building, the venue for the famous Bar Vitelli. Then, see the location of Apollonia and Michael's wedding, the Church of San Nicolò. Then, head to your second destination. Many scenes of village life were filmed on the cobblestone streets and traditional houses of Forzà d'Agrò. Learn about tales behind the great film, and the equally captivating history of the island that inspired this masterpiece by Francis Ford Coppola.

  • From Taormina: The Godfather Movie Tour of Sicily Villages

    5. 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 ...

  • From Catania: Full-Day The Godfather Tour

    6. From Catania: Full-Day The Godfather Tour

    The tour will begin with a visit to Savoca, one of the most picturesque medieval villages of Sicily, inserted in the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy since 2008. Also named Terra Ferace of Gagliardi Ingegni and country of seven faces, this delightful city of art has been chosen as a set for several important films including The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. You will start from one of the most important places in Savoca, the Vitelli Bar, then go on a stroll through the alleys of the village, immersed in a suggestive landscaping setting. Admire the ruins of an ancient synagogue, a precious mullion in a pure 15-century style and you will reach the historic center of the country, which, according to some historians, is rooted in Roman times. Visit the church of San Nicolò, built in the 13th century and restructured in the 18th century, where some well-k...

    We took this tour on the day of our 60th anniversary. Our guide Natasha met us at our hotel. Natasha and our driver Atimo were training a new guide and driver, Veronica and Mirko. We were the only tourists , we had a very special private tour. Natasha took pictures of us with our camera in all the special locations, now we have a permanent record of our memorable day. Natasha was very knowledgeable about Savoca and everything about the Godfather. She also was very knowledgeable about the Volcano, Cantania and all the areas we visited. Atimo was also very knowledgeable, commenting on different aspects of Sicily. Unfortunately the free time allotted for our stop in Taormina was during the period that all the stores were closed for a long lunch. As we had been to Taormina two days before, we found a nice place to have lunch, enjoy the sun and people watch. With fewer people around we were able to go back to some of the places a second time. Natasha and Atimo, Thank You!!

  • Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

    7. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

    Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and...

  • From Catania: The Godfather Tour in a Vintage Car

    8. From Catania: The Godfather Tour in a Vintage Car

    Step into iconic scenes from “The Godfather,” one of cinema’s biggest masterpieces, on this private self-guided tour that visits filming locations from the movie. Hop on board a vintage car with a driver and begin your tour in Catania, driving toward Taormina.

    Cruise along the island's eastern coast, passing through Acireale, Giarre, Mascali, Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, and Giardini Naxos. Make your first stop in Taormina and enjoy a nice walk along its main street, Corso Umberto.

    Following a brief stop to admire Isola Bella, arrive in Letojanni and Forza d'Agrò, a village with some significant scenes from the film.

    Enjoy the scenery as you drive through Santa Teresa di Riva to Savoca, a magnificent medieval village and, above all, the acknowledged protagonist of "The Godfather." Here some scenes have been filmed featuring the young Michael Corleo...

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What people are saying about Savoca

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 8 reviews

We did this tour on Wednesday 18, August 2021 under the guidance of Valeria. I would highly recommend it for anybody interested in the Gofather movie and the Mafia. We could not have found anyone more knowledgeable or engaging as Valeria. He ensured we had a truly wonderful experience. Thank you so much Valeria, we will be recommending this tour to all our friends visiting the area.

The tour was totally worth the money. We had a wonderful time exploring places where the Godfather was filmed and learning from our guide Antonio about the real mafia and Sicily as such. Antonio was very knowledgeable and fun and took us to a very pleasant sicilian lunch in Savoca. 10/10 points, I definitely recommend it :)

We truly enjoy taking this trip. Our tour guide- Antonio was excellent. Very knowledgeable and professional. Small group. Comfortable air conditioned minibus. Nice lunch. Learned a lot not only about mafia and film, but also about Sicilian history, food and wine. We had a great time

Hi, Our guide Antonio was so nice. He was so experienced and he can anserw all of question. He picked up us in Catania,than we spoke a lot about sicily. Thank you that beautiful day! Máté

It was a great experience and we learnt a lot about Sicily! The tour was very good. Antonio was very knowledgeable with a good sense of humour. Indefinitely recommend this tour.