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From Taormina: Godfather and Mafia Tour with Sicilian Lunch

1. From Taormina: Godfather and Mafia Tour with Sicilian Lunch

Compare the plot of The Godfather saga with the history of real-life Sicilian Mafia during this guided day trip from Taormina to the villages of Savoca and Forza D'Agro. Travel in comfort on a minivan with hotel pickup and drop-off. Enjoy an authentic Sicilian lunch with a glass of wine. Begin the tour with a drive to Savoca and take a guided walk through the old town. Visit locations where The Godfather movie was filmed. See the Bar Vitelli where Michael Corleone met the father of his future wife Apollonia, and St. Lucy’s Church, where they were married. Learn about the history of the Sicilian Mafia and how it spread throughout Italy. Hear about the Mafia clan wars for control of the territory. Then, head to your second stop, Forza D'Agro, another small village where the movie was filmed. After a walking tour, stop for lunch in a charming restaurant. Enjoy a plate of fresh pasta with wine from the Etna region on a terrace overlooking the Sicilian coast.

Private Tour of the Three Best Etna Wineries w/ Tasting

2. Private Tour of the Three Best Etna Wineries w/ Tasting

Your personal guide will pick you up from your hotel/ port and you will start your wonderful private tour around the top Etna wineries. Driving by comfortable, air-conditioned car through the small authentic mountain villages, you will admire unforgettable picturesque views of the Sicilian countryside full of oranges and lemon plantations, olives and almond trees, houses and churches built of lava stone. The Mount Etna eruptions feed the soil, and that is why this region is considered to be one of the best in the world for growing grapes and wine production. You will visit the three best wineries at the Etna slopes. Wines from these wineries are on the top lists of premium international wine associations.  The first venue will be a family-run winery, world-famous for its outstanding wines. Here, you will be welcomed by the owner with a glass of an awesome white wine aperitif. Sipping refreshing wine, you will have a guided tour around the estate, after which you will visit the cellars where the owner or your private sommelier will explain to you the wine production process. Finally, you will sit at a wonderful terrace with a breathtaking view of mountains and Ionian coastline, and with your personal sommelier, start your food and wine tasting. You will taste 4 or 5 excellent white, red and rose Etna D.O.C. wines with locally produced cheeses, salami, prosciutto, sausages, couscous, vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, domestic olive oil and fresh homemade bread. Enjoy the panoramic view and the unique atmosphere of the Sicilian countryside. You will be driven to the second venue – another outstanding Etna winery, where the owner will give you a tour around the estate. With a professional sommelier, you will taste 4 brilliant red, rose and white wines of the region.  You will continue the tour driving to the next venue, an ancient family run winery with authentic charm. After your guided visit to the cellars, you will taste 3 premium red and white wines accompanied by fresh domestic appetizers: locally produced cheeses, meat delicacies, olives, olive oil and fresh bread.  After the tour, your personal guide will bring you back to your accommodation.

Godfather Private Tour with Optional Food and Wine

3. Godfather Private Tour with Optional Food and Wine

Enjoy the sights and tastes of Italy à la The Godfather in the company of a knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or port at a time suitable to you before beginning your tour in Savoca, a medieval hilltop town where the fictitious Michael Corleone hid out during the "Going to the Mattresses" scene. In Savoca, you will stop at Bar Vitelli, which looks exactly as it did in the movie. At Bar Vitelli, you will be invited to take pictures with an authentic Sicilian shotgun, see pictures from The Godfather movie, enjoy the view from the square where the wedding scene was filmed and purchase souvenirs. The highlight, however, will be an optional tasting of Sicilian cannoli and lemon granita. Your next stop will be the church of Santa Lucia, where Michael and Apollonia got married. You will follow in the footsteps of the newlyweds down the hill into the town. Once in the town, you will visit another ancient church, dating back to the 13th century. Your guide will tell you about the filming processes involved in shooting The Godfather and some fun trivia about the movie, the director and the actors. With your guide, you will learn about the real history of the Sicilian mafia, how it rose and developed, how it was structured, and about the "Law of Silence", "Men of Respect" and the "Boss of the Bosses". After all this walking and learning, you will be taken to visit one of the best wine bars in Savoca where you can try excellent Sicilian wines and locally produced, traditional food including cheeses, salami, prosciutto, olives and homemade bread. During the tour in Savoca, you will also see the mirror monument dedicated to Coppola, on the panoramic terrace overlooking the Ionian coast, the site of Michael Corleone's wedding scene. Your tour will continue to Forza D'Agro, another stunning hilltop town. Your guide will lead you along abandoned streets towards the historic square where you will visit the churches Santissima Trinita and Santissima Annunziata. In Forza D'Agro, you will see the piazza where young Vita Andolini escaped from Don Ciccio's men and you will walk up to the remains of a 12th century Norman Castle to admire the panoramic view of the Ionian coastline.

Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

4. Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

This private adventure begins with hotel pick up from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. In the comfort of an air-conditioned, 4WD vehicle, take on regular and unpaved roads as you ascend to the extinct craters at an altitude of 2,000 meters. Break away from the classic tourist itineraries to discover unique panoramas enriched by stories and fun facts from your experienced guide.  Walk amongst lunar landscapes on Europe's highest active volcano and UNESCO World Heritage Site and view the ancient lava flow, the Etna forest, Valley of Bove, and extinct craters. What's more, put on your helmet and headlamp, provided by your guide, and make your way through a long, underground tunnel, formed by the lava flow.  To ascend the summit area at 3,0000 meters, you may purchase a cable car ticket on the spot. After a full day of touring, hotel drop-off is provided.

Palermo: Private City Tour with a Local Guide

5. Palermo: Private City Tour with a Local Guide

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Palermo from a local guide eager to share all the tips to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn insider tips, such as the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city with all the information you need.

Syracuse: Ortigia and Neapolis Guided Walking Tour

6. Syracuse: Ortigia and Neapolis Guided Walking Tour

Explore ancient Syracuse on a 3-hour guided tour and learn about early Greek history through architecture and religious practices. The evidence of Syracuse as capital of the Mediterranean is ever-present, and seen in the glory of its Cathedral, the ancient Temple of Athena, the Greek Theater and the Roman Amphitheater. Admire the beauty of the Cathedral of Syracuse, which incorporates the pagan Temple of Athena. Learn about its various architectural styles from your guide. Continue to the Archeological Park to see the Paradise Latomia and the Ear of Dionysos. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Ionian Sea from the Greek Theater.

Agrigento: Valley of the Temples & Gardens Private Tour

7. Agrigento: Valley of the Temples & Gardens Private Tour

The guided tour of the oldest and most characteristic area of Agrigento, known as the Valley of the Temples, will take you to travel back in time among the Doric temples of the Hellenic period, visiting one of the largest and most spectacular archaeological areas in the world. We start immediately by visiting the Temple of Hera Lacinia or Juno erected 120 meters high in 450 BC. on the hill of the Rupe Atenea with Doric columns; the temple in which he used to celebrate the wedding is dedicated to Juno because inside it was kept a painting that probably depicted the goddess protector of women and fertility. A few steps away we find one of the symbols of Agrigento, the majestic Temple of Concordia, the second best preserved temple in the world after the Parthenon in Athens. Dating back to 430 BC. today it is in an excellent state of conservation thanks to the transformation of the temple into a Christian church. In the front part of the temple we can admire the suggestive bronze statue of Icarus, donated by the famous Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj, representing the fall of Icarus who disobeying his father and flying too close to the sun, burned his wax wings and fell into the Mediterranean. We continue the guided tour exploring the oldest of the Doric temples of Agrigento, the Temple of Hercules or Heracles for the Greeks, which owes its name to a bronze statue of Hercules, the strongest and most valiant of the Gods, inside the temple . During the visit you will see prickly pear trees and breathtaking panoramic views over the valley. We then arrive at the Temple of Jupiter or Zeus, originally one of the largest temples of classical antiquity which over time was damaged due to earthquakes and therefore used as a quarry for the construction of the Porto Empedocle pier. Among the ruins of the temple we will see the reconstruction of one of the Telamons over 7 meters high, stone sculptures of giants placed outside the temple to protect the divinity, which with its majesty gives us an idea of the beauty of the temples originally. After a few steps the guided tour continues to the Temple of the Dioscuri, of which only a corner with four columns remains but which despite the few remains that have come down to the present day has become one of the most representative monuments of Agrigento. The guided tour ends by admiring the Kolymbetra Garden from the outside, an extensive citrus grove of orange and lemon trees where nature and silence make it a heavenly place in total harmony with the temples that surround it.

Syracuse: Neapolis Archaeological Park Tour

8. Syracuse: Neapolis Archaeological Park Tour

Meet your certified guide at the entrance gate of the Neapolis Archaeological Park and visit the most important ancient Greek and Roman monuments in Syracuse. Discover the history and archaeological importance of this ancient Greek sight from your knowledgeable guide. During your walking tour, see the ancient Greek theatre, cut in the rock of the Yemenite Hill, and explore the "Latomie del Paradiso", an ancient stone quarry with beautiful local flora. Next, marvel at the legendary "Ear of Dionysius", located inside the quarries. Be amazed by this grotto famed for its shape and echoing sounds. Finish your tour with a visit to the altar of Hieron and the Roman amphitheater.

From Taormina: The Godfather Movie Tour of Sicily Villages

9. From Taormina: The Godfather Movie Tour of Sicily Villages

Depart from Taormina to visit the Sicilian hill towns of Savoca and Forza D’Agrò. Explore the sets of the popular movie The Godfather. See the famous Bar Vitelli and wedding venue, among other places you’ll recognize from the films. Hear stories about the movies and Sicily from a local guide. Enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside. Take a pleasant stroll in the villages. Easily find filming locations of the movie. Visit the Trimarchi building, the venue for the famous Bar Vitelli. Then, see the location of the wedding shoot, the Church of Santa Lucia. Learn about tales behind the great film, and the equally captivating history of the island that inspired this masterpiece by Francis Ford Coppola. Many scenes of village life were filmed on the cobblestone streets and traditional houses of Forzà d'Agrò. Explore SS. Annunziata Square, Church of SS. Annunziata, and the birthplace of Vito Corleone. Admire the charm of the Sicilian countryside in this amazing place, nestled between the provinces of Messina and Catania.

From Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Tour

10. From Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Tour

Start off your tour meeting your professional nature guide near your hotel in Catania. Drive to the southeast side of Mount Etna and admire the unique variety of plants and animals on the mountain, along with deserts of lava and ashes, peculiar lava formations, and traces of the most impressive eruptions. During the excursion, you will reach a maximum altitude of 2000 meters via soft trekking. Take in the views from a lookout point onto the Bove Valley, including an astonishing view of the volcano's central crater. Explore a volcanic cave. Stop for a Sicilian street food snack and taste some excellent Etna wine while you watch the amazing sunset.

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My wife and I had a great day taking part in this tour on the 20th July with Antonio as our guide. It was an exceptional experience and Antonio was very knowledgable in all aspects, ranging from Sicily in general to mafia history right through to the current day. The views we experienced in both Forz d' Agro and Savoca were stunning and would have been worth the trip alone but when you add in visiting the scenes used in the Godfather movies it just topped things off nicely. The tour ended with lunch at a lovely restaurant in Savoca with pasta, wine and coffee where we were able to have a chat with Antonio and the other couples who were also taking part in the tour which was nice.

We were delighted by this tour. Francesco is fully fluent in English, and his knowledge of Palermo was incredible. We feel like we got the best gems on this tour, and just enough info for us. Turns out, he’s a high school history teacher! He showed us things we would have never seen without him: a 500 year old monastery garden and bakery, neighborhood churches, special touches everywhere. He’s incredibly professional and a great communicator. We asked him near the end how long he’s been doing this and we shocked that we were his first tour. He was impressive, I’d book him again in a heartbeat.

Salvatore gave us a very enjoyable Tour, witty and with interesting private insights. Big recommendation!

Gianni was a fabulous guide for our family to Mt. Etna. He was very knowledgeable and so kind.

Neno made the trip easy and enjoyable with my family.