Take a full-day shore excursion from Catania to discover where scenes from The Godfather were filmed in Savoca and Capo Sant'Alessio. Later, stop off in Taormina, the resort town of Sicily, for a walking tour of its ancient architecture and warm beaches.
What to Expect
Explore Sicily on a full-day shore excursion from Catania. Spend time in the resort town of Taormina, touring the commune by foot. Meanwhile, movie buffs will be delighted when they are taken to where scenes from The Godfather II and The Godfather III were filmed.
Upon arrival, you will be picked up and driven on a road bordered with villas, flowering gardens, and picturesque villages, that leads to the historical artist town of Savoca. Visit Bar Vitelli, which houses a collection of local artisan tools and photographs taken when Francis Ford Coppola shot scenes of The Godfather II. Stroll along the main street past Santa Lucia and San Michele churches for a short view over the valley.
A short drive away, you'll find a charming little village overlooking the Arab-Norman castle of Capo Sant'Alessio. In 1990, Al Pacino and Sofia Coppola shot scenes here for The Godfather III. From the main square, a lane meets the circular steps that ascend to the Gothic-Catalan portal in front of the Church of San Agostino.
Continue to Taormina, where you will have leisure time to take yourself on a walking tour of the area. Taormina is a hill-village with a glossy sheen of glamour, known also for its Greek amphitheatre. Walk down the attractive principal thoroughfare, Corso Umberto, ideal for strolling and window-shopping. Lanes above and below the Corso are interesting to explore, and if you want to stretch your legs further there are walks up into the hills, or down to the sea. Given its compact size, Taormina has a huge range of bars, cafes, and restaurants where you can while away the hours while admiring the views. Taormina has two important gates: Porta Messina (Messina Gate) and Porta Catania (Catania Gate). Visiting these gates is just one of the many activities you can do while soaking up the local atmosphere, before you are returned to the port.
- Vehicle with air conditioning
- English-speaking driver escort
- Visit as per itinerary
What's Not Included
- Admission fees (free if you are under 18 or over 65 and have an EU or Commonwealth passport)
- Licensed tourist guide
- Beverages and meals
Know Before You Go
We customized this excursion using a driver-escort. A driver-escort is a chauffeur who will drive you around our amazing island. He is knowledgeable, able to provide basic historical information, and he can show you the main highlights.
Our driver-escort will take care to give adequate time at all stops and to accommodate special requests when possible. He will assure that your experience in Sicily will be both memorable and enjoyable.
The driver-escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide. Licensed Tourist Guides are the only professionals – with a Regional license – permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city). The driver-escort cannot escort you inside the monuments because this is not allowed by Italian law. In the case you need a licensed local guide, you must pay a surcharge and we will arrange for one to meet you directly on the spot.