Taormina and Savoca with The Godfather

Taormina and Savoca with The Godfather
Price: $99.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 6 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and sensible flat-soled walking shoes. You may wish to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hat.
Restrictions Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour can accommodate a collapsible wheelchair, but guests will have to walk short distances and it is suggested they be accompanied for assistance. As this is a walking tour, guests with any mobility issues should reconsider this excursion.

Taormina and Savoca with The Godfather

Your journey starts with a scenic, comfortable ride out to Savoca, a rustic village perched 985 feet (330 meters) above sea level offering fantastic panoramic views of cultivated terraces and distant hill towns.

Savoca is one of those just-being -discovered destinations that you should not pass up. Perched high on a hilltop, this is a true and authentic taste of Sicily in a most atmospheric place. The village is quiet with the ghostly remains of crumbling churches and abandoned dwellings but offers amazing rural landscape views. Recent restoration projects have begun to bring the past back to life and it is this area that Francis Ford Coppola filmed his classic The Godfather movie. Wind through ancient streets to see such gems as the Church of Saint Nicholas and Trimarchi Palace. If the sign over Bar Vitelli looks familiar, there is a good reason why: it is the same signage as seen in the film.

From there you will make your way to beautiful Taormina with its charming shops and cafes lining the popular Corso Umberto. Located on the east coast of Sicily about halfway between Messina and Catania on the Ionian Sea, the town is perched on a hill about 250 meters above the sea providing incredibly scenic views from almost anywhere in the town. It also has the dubious distinction of sitting practically in the shadow of Mt. Etna, Europe's largest and most active volcano.

The town is known for the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient and massive 3rd century Greco-Roman theater still used today. Observe Isola Bella, a tiny island and nature reserve connected to the mainland by a narrow stretch of sand.

Make your way through the narrow, picturesque streets to the historic center of the city to see notable monuments, old churches and more. Enjoy, on your way back, a short stop at the terrace between the Shrine of Christ the King and the Sanctuary of Montalto and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Strait of Messina.

Book now and get ready to experience an authentic taste of The Godfather's Italy in all its beauty, mystery and majesty.

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  2 ReviewsReview This Tour
Wonderful excursion!
December 12, 2019
We have been to Italy three times now and this was one of our favorite trips. We particularly enjoyed Savocca, not because we are big fans of the movie "the Godfather", but because it was fascinating to travel the switchbacks to visit a semi abandoned mountain village in Sicily. You can really get a feeling for medieval to 19th life as you wonder the pedestrian streets. Taormina, as always, is a wonderful village to wonder through and shop. Don'.t miss the Greek theater. Our tour guide was a lovely young lady who helped make our trip enjoyable.
Reviewer: Carolyn
5 Stars
Wonderful tour
October 12, 2019
This was an exceptional tour. Our tour guide was very informative and friendly. She even started the tour by bringing everyone a Sicilian pastry to our introduce us to Sicily. Taormina is a beautiful place, well worth the visit. And what fun exploring the places in Savoca where scenes from the Godfather were filmed. I highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Judy Mcarthur
5 Stars