Messina and Taormina - Sicily

Step back in time by visiting two very old and beautiful Sicilian villages which were filmed by Francis Ford Coppola in the shooting of his famous "Godfather" movie.

Leave the pier in the luxury of your motor coach and enjoy a short sightseeing drive of Messina, driving past the Astronomical clock and its Cathedral.
Continue on for approximately one hour until you reach Santa Teresa, the largest town between Messina and Taormina.

From there a picturesque road runs inland to Savoca, a village in a saddle between two hills. Its scenic beauty and historical artistic heritage makes Savoca one of the most attractive, albeit unknown, villages in the environs of Taormina.

Upon arrival, your private guide will familiarize you with this beautiful village, walking you to the entrance of the village to the "Bar Vitelli", which has a collection of local artisans' tools and photographs taken from when Francis Ford Coppola shot some scenes of "The Godfather".

Enjoy a short stop where you will be offered a local refreshment drink made of crushed ice called a "granita".

Suitably refreshed, your guide will then take you on a walking tour along the village's main street which leads up the hill for some wonderful photo opportunities. Pass some 15th and 16th Century churches and the ruins of a Norman castle holding a magnificent view over the Sicilian coast-line, Strait of Messina, Italian mainland and villages perched on the surroundings hills.

Next, proceed for approximately 30 minutes by motor coach to the second village, Forza d'Agro', a charming little village overlooking the Arab-Norman castle of Capo Sant'Alessio and the coastline towards Messina. In 1990, Al Pacino and Sophia Coppola came here when they shot some scenes of the film "The Godfather III"

From the main square a lane leads up to the beautiful Baroque church that was used for this famous Sicilian wedding scene.