The Original Godfather and classic Panoramic Taormina Tour
We meet and greet you on your arrival at the port of Taormina/Giardini Naxos. Our journey begins with the drive along the scenic coastline to Savoca, this quaint 12th century Norman Fortress village offers breath-taking views of the coastline and is home to a convent containing some original catacombs.
What Savoca really stands for is The Godfather. Francis Ford Coppola filmed some of the most fascinating scenes of this timeless trilogy in Savoca. Follow the route that Michael Corleone and Apollonia took during their wedding, visit the amazing Vitelli Bar prominent in the film
when Michael asks for Apollonia’s hand in marriage. Enjoy a traditional lemon granita while perusing around the original artefacts from the trilogy. We move to Forza D’agro, this medieval village perched high above sea level is typical of Sicily, with its cobbled narrow streets and many churches
it made sense that Francis Ford Coppola would choose Forza D’agro as an excellent film location. Our journey continues to Taormina,
as we enter the historic centre via the famous “Via Pirandello”, we stop at the “Belvedere” for a great photo opportunity. Take in the amazing bird’s eye views
of Isola Bella “beautiful island” and the Ionian Sea. We move on and drive to the charming medieval village of Castelmola; this sleepy town is perched
precariously above Taormina. A stroll around is a must, with its cool medieval alleyways and picturesque piazza commanding views of the whole countryside, Mount Etna and the Ionic coastline. A visit to the renowned Turrisi Bar for some Almond wine tasting is highly recommended. On route back down to Taormina we will have a further photo stop opportunity.
Madonna Della Rocca is a 15th Century church that has been carved out of a mountain, located just below the Saracens Castle you will enjoy an extraordinary bird’s eye view of Taormina and the Greek Theatre. On arrival in Taormina Centre you will have some free time to wander the historic Corso Umberto; this is the main promenade through the heart of Taormina boasting elegant designer shops and cute cafés and restaurants. Take in the botanical gardens, The Greek amphitheatre and visit the fantastic Cathedral and the Palazzo Corvaja one of the most elegant buildings in this chic town. We leave Taormina our journey back to the port will include a further photo stop at the Capotaormina where you can absorb breath taking views of the Gulf of Giardini Naxos. And an all-important Sicilian Cannoli stop is also a must. Please note: This is a private excursion with a dedicated driver and vehicle. On receiving your booking we will contact you to arrange pick up time and any special requirements you may have.