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'The Godfather' Movie Tour from Taormina

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Savoca, Italy
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Overview

Visit the real-life locations in those iconic scenes from ‘The Godfather’ during this coach tour of filming locations from Taormina or the province of Messina. There is a Sicilian town called Corleone, but the movies weren’t filmed there. Instead, the towns of Savoca and Forzà d'Agrò set the scene. See the famous Bar Vitelli, among other places you’ll recognize from the films, while your guide tells stories about the movies and Sicily.
  • Half-day movie sites tour of The Godfather filming locations in Sicily
  • Travel by coach to the traditional Sicilian villages of Savoca and Forzà d'Agrò
  • See where several scenes from The Godfather trilogy were filmed
  • Hear about the scenes, characters and story plots behind each location
Your tour begins in either Taormina or elsewhere in Messina province, where you’ll be picked up by your guide in an air-conditioned coach for this half-day Godfather tour.

When Francis Ford Coppola began work on filming his classic, The Godfather, he realized he couldn’t use the actual town in which the books are set—Corleone, Sicily. By the early 1970s, Corleone was too modern-looking to serve as the historic place of the novels. Instead, producers decided to use the towns of Savoca and Forzà d'Agrò near Taormina.

Savoca is your first stop. Visit the pretty Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Convent of the Frati Minori Cappuccini, where you can even explore the underground crypt. Godfather aficionados will instantly recognize Bar Vitelli, where Michael Corleone told Apollonia’s father of his intention to marry his daughter.

Enjoy free time to explore Savoca at your leisure, perhaps even to have a snack or drink (own expense) at the Bar Vitelli, before boarding the coach again to go to Forzà d'Agrò.

Many scenes of village life were filmed in Forzà d'Agrò, with its cobblestone streets and traditional houses. You may also recognize the church that features in both The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II. Here, too, you have some time to explore the town on your own before getting back on the coach for the trip back to your starting point in Taormina or Messina province.

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Godfather
susiecottonsock
, Nov 2019
Good fun, courier was pleasant and site of film was great. don't know about second location of a church up a mountain for a scene of godfather 2 or 3 ! Bit of a waste of time as there was nothing much else there so hanging around for those who wanted to see inside of church!
star-5
Very Good and Interesting Tour
Cathy R
, Oct 2019
Very good tour guide who gave an excellent review of the movie while touring. She had examples of the movie on her phone that would enable us to relate the current locations to the movie. As you might imagine, the locations have changed a bit since 1970. We were allowed free time to explore and sit down in the bar where some of the movie was filmed. I would highly recommend this fun and interesting tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Cathy R, Thank you from all the sicilyexcursions.com team for your review. We are very pleased that you had a great time doing our godfather excursion. It is a very nice experience for all the fans of the movie all around world. Vanvitelli bar it is also a must do if you take part in this excursion. We hope to have you again in your next trip to Sicily for one of ours other tours. Kind regards P.Lombardo The owner
star-5
Very interesting!
Cesar A
, Oct 2019
The tour was great Alida the multilingual guide is fantastic. Shame that it is late and not every day
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Cesar A, Thank you for you review from the sicilyexcursions.com team. We are pleased that you have enjoyed the godfather tour and Ms Alida as your tour leader. We hope to have you again in your next trip to Sicily Kind regards, P.Lombardo The owner
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Amazing Experience!!
shadylongbeach
, Sep 2019
This tour was absolutely incredible in so many ways! Our tour guide was super friendly and so knowledgeable about the Godfather films and history. She also told us great stories on the orgins of the Sicilian Mafia and history of Sicily. We actually got to meet one of the actors from the original film that lives in the town of Savoca. If you like the Godfather then definitely book this tour!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Shadylow Thank you for your enthusiastic review about our godfather tour from the sicilyexcursions.com team. It is important that our guides for the tour are fans of the movie so they can share their passion about the masterpiece to our guests. We hope to have you again in our tours in your next trip to Sicily. Kind regards P.Lombardo The owner
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Beautiful locations but not the greatest of tour guide
lisatea1972
, Aug 2019
Two beautiful locations but the guide was very brief as if he didn’t want to be working that day more info on the godfather the movie please if I didn’t know the film I wouldn’t of had a clue very disappointed more so if was gonna be wanna of the highlights I was looking forward too
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Ms Lisatea1, We are truly sorry that you did not enjoy our godfather tour, which is one of the best sellers among all our excursion. After your review we have immediately contact all our representative tour operators that sell our excursions and on a group of 30 people, 27 was very happy about the excursion and only 3 were disappointed, so we contest your judgement. All our guides are experts in their field so maybe it was only your impression that he was not in his best shape and also said that a guide didn’t want to be working, your words, it is frankly defamatory Moreover, you wrote that if you didn’t know the movie you wouldn’t have a clue of the places that you see, but dear Ms Lisatea1 this excursion it has been created for the godfather fans so we know that our guests already know or at least recognize all the location of the scenes of the masterpiece of Mr Coppola. Kind regards Pino L. Owner
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Pilgrimage to the movie Depiction of Corleone
nsalm0n
, Jul 2019
For hardcore fans like me of the "Godfather" trilogy, this tour is a must-do. To correct some misleading reviews, our tour guide spoke pretty good English, although with an accent, and the cites we visited were open despite it's being Sunday. The tour guide was not as knowledgeable concerning the films as she should have been. (She misidentified a scene from Part II as if it were from Part I, evidently not realizing that Part II is a prequel as well as a sequel to Part I.) But so what. The traffic jam heading back to Taormina was frustrating, but again, so what. The tour is a must for Godfather-philes..
star-5
Great!
Tour711248
, Jul 2019
Great tour, 'even if you are not a godfather fan'..... Experienced driver and great tour guide :) ....
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Tour711... All the team sicilyexcursions.com thank You for your comment. Very happy you have appreciated our services. I hope you will try our other tour next time you are coming to Taormina. Have a great Holidays. Pino L.
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Good Experience
Gina M
, Jul 2019
Nice tour! A 50 passenger bus picked up us from the bus terminal. We visited two towns where the Godfather was filmed. We chose this particular tour over the other Godfather tours because it was a shorter duration and offered in an afternoon. If anything, you get to see 2 beautiful Italian towns,
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Gina, Thank you very much to have chosen our tour. on our website sicilyexcursions.com. and we appreciate your comment. I hope to have You as guest in your next trip to Taormina. Kind regards PIno L.
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A BRILLIANT TOUR
julie h
, Apr 2019
This was a brilliant and well organised tour from beginning to end everything ran smoothly and on time Our tour guide ( a lovely lady (knew so much about the area having lived in sicily for over 40 years so knowledgeable as for the god father films etc there was nothing she didn't know Beautiful scenery and points of interest We will definitely book via this your operator again Well done
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A trip back in time
Steve M
, Jul 2018
This is a wonderful tour of the two towns that scenes of The Godfather were shot in. Our guide Christy was knowledgeable and had may facts that made the trip even more interesting. Bar Vitelli, in Savoca, was charming. Be sure to try their special Lemon Granita with an extra shot of liquore . There was enough time to wander around both towns. A short trip from Taormina.

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