SHORE EXCURSION: SAVOCA, FORZA D’AGRO PLUS TAORMINA- (THE GODFATHER TOUR): 8 Hours
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Looking for a tour that shows you the smaller villages close to Catania and Taormina?
Private Godfather Tours Include: Our shore excursions from Messina include private transportation to and from the dock of Messina, English- speaking tour driver/guide, taxes, parking, tolls and entrance tickets to Greek theater in Taormina.
Let Well Arranged Travel take you on one of their private tours from Messina. Enjoy a daylong introduction to the real Sicily exploring the towns of Savoca – the notorious backdrop of “The Godfather” – and Forza D’Agro with your local expert driver guide. This private shore excursion offers real insight into the island’s local culture and everyday life, and you will travel way off the beaten track visit some of the most beautiful nooks of Sicily.
Arriving in the simple hillside town of Savoca is like taking a step back in time. Although recorded with its present name in 1415, the town probably dates back to the early 12th century, when a Norman Fortress was built there.
While the town is beautiful and historic, it owes its real fame to Al Pacino and the rest of the cast of “The Godfather.” You will follow their footsteps, stopping for a lemon Granita at the famous corner bar Vitelli, one of Coppola’s favorite spots, appearing many times throughout the film. Your Godfather tou will then take you to the church of St. Lucy, where Apollonia and Michael’s wedding was filmed.
From Savoca, your tour proceeds to Forza d’Agrò, one of the best examples of village life in Messina. Its position provides incredible views and its medieval streets are just charming. Here, tradition, culture, history, art all await you.
Your private tour from Messina will also take you on a tour Taormina, the highlight of of your shore excursion. You’ll explore this beautiful town, situated on a rocky plateau of the steep Monte Tauro, which dominates the Ionian coast, with Etna rising majestically in the background. Downtown Taormina represents a variety of historical periods, from early Greek and Roman settlements, to Byzantine and Medieval remains, up to 15th-century Catalan buildings and 17th-century Baroque churches. You can stroll Taormina’s main street, Corso Umberto, with its art and designer shops, Baroque churches and Palazzos, and get a glimpse of the breathtaking Greek theatre facing the sea. Your tour guide in Sicily will make suggestions where you can have an excellent meal.
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