Godfather Movie Tour from Taormina – Sicily
During this guided tour you’ll visit two unspoiled and typical Sicilian villages choosen by the director Francis Ford Coppola as locations to play his famous trilogy: “ The Godfather ” (1972), “ The Godfather – Part II ” (1974) and “ The Godfather – Part III ” (1990).
Starting from Taormina / Giardini Naxos, you’ll drive one of our classic and convertible Fiat 500, following our tour leader staff car, through the wonderful coastal scenery of Taormina until reach the old little town of Savoca, City of Art, and one of “Italy’s most beautiful villages” (since 2008). Here, leading of our tour leader guide, you’ll visit all the Godfather locations and the most important monuments of the city (like the Cappuccini convent and the cript with mummies from the 18th century).
Then, you’ll drive the Fiat 500 until reach the medieval village of Forza D’Agrò, to visit the other film locations.
This tour is not only a visit of two charming Sicilian towns near Taormina but a real experience into the Sicily island, the locals, their culture and everyday life. It’s a drive across the roads and villages of the most beautiful hidden corners of this area way off the beaten track.
Film locations you will visit during the tour :
Bar Vitelli – Savoca
In the Godfather’s motion picture Bar Vitelli was featured as the place where Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) meet Mr. Vitelli (the bar owner) and ask his permission to court his daughter Apollonia (Simonetta Stefanelli), and also for the official engagement and for the party after the wedding cerimony. While in town “a must” is the stop for a Lemon Granita in this famous bar.
Church of the Wedding – Savoca
Next stop is the Church of Santa Lucia, where the scene of the wedding between Michael Corleone and Apollonia Vitelli was shot. This place was also used for the the scene when Michael and Apollonia, just married, walk down from the church, followed by their families and by the music brass band.
The Cathedral – Forza D’Agrò
Following the Godfather’s steps, next film location is the Cathedral of Maria S. Annunziata in Forza D’Agrò, that appears in the Godfather I when Michael goes to Corleone for the first time with his bodyguards (Calò and Fabrizio), and where the young Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) escapes to America hidden in a donkey hotly pursued by Don Ciccio’s men (The Godfather – Part II).
Corleone Family House – Forza D’Agrò
Forza D’Agrò was choosen by Francis Ford Coppola also for his “Godfather – Part III“. Here was shoot the scene where the old Michael ( Al Pacino ) shows his American wife (Diane Keaton) the house where his father Vito Andolini (Marlon Brando) from Corleone was born.
You will drive one of our classic and convertible Fiat 500 following our tour leader car that will be driven by our staff.
A fun and professional fully licensed English-speaking tour guide will lead you through this fascinating trip.
Don’t forget to bring your driver’s license with you.
To drive in Italy you need an EU driving licence, or an International Driving Permit, which is a translation of your non EU licence.
All drivers must be able to drive using a manual clutch / trasmission (stick shift gears).
Occasional driving experience with manual cars is not enough to handle our vintage cars.
Our Godfather tour usually starts every Tuesday and Friday in the morning (9.30am) from October to June and in the afternoon (3.30pm) from July to September.
Usually this themed tour “in the Godfather’s footsteps” lasts about 4 hour.
If you are a group and you have more time to spend we can arrange a customized full day tour according to your needs.
The most important Sicilian scenes of the Godfather trilogy were filmed in Savoca, Forza d’Agrò and in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia but not in Corleone (as many believe).
Corleone, near Palermo in Sicily, was too modern and developed even in the early 70s to be used for filming a story dated back to the early 1950s.
If you are a fanatic of the film you may be also interested to visit the Castello degli Schiavi in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia( also known as the Godfather Villa ). Here was shot one of the most famous scenes in the first Godfather film, when Apollonia was murdered by a car bomb explosion.