Savoca - the Village of "The Godfather" movie
Savoca is a mountain village at 30 minutes driving from Taormina renowned for some scenes of 'The Godfather', very famous film of Francis Ford Coppola based on the novel of Mario Puzo, with very important actors as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duval, the italian actress Simonetta Stefanelli in the role of Apollonia and the sicilian actor Saro Urzi' in her fathers role. Some pictures of the scenes in Savoca are shown in the historical 'Bar Vitelli' into the main square in front of the monument dedicated to Francis Ford Coppola made by the local artist Nino Ucchino. Particularly the scene of the 'thunderbolt' between Michael and Apollonia during a religious procession and meeting between Michael Corleone and Signor Vitelli, the father of Apollonia, was turned in the bar VitelliThe village is very attractive for the position, the quietness, the beauty of the nature, the view over the Jonian sea and the mainland (Italy) and some interesting historical attractions: Cript of Cappuccini with Mummies, Mother Church of XIII century, Churches San Michele and San Nicolo' of XV century, the Castle Pentefur ruins.
Taormina - the Pearl of the Jonian Sea
Charming touristic town on the East Coast of Sicily in front of the Jonian sea, renowned for the high class tourism, art, history, nature, culture, cinema, food and wine, and the unique natural position over the bay of Naxos and in front of Etna; Taormina is one of the most renowned tourist locations of Italy. The historical heritage is at the highest levels with the remains of the ancient Greeks since the VIII century b.C.; particularly the archeological park of Naxos and the Greek-Roman theatre which is the second in Sicily for size, and one of the most important in the world of the ancient Greece. History, art and nature create in Taormina an exotic blend together with cultural events and traditions, offering an unique taste of internationality in a pure Mediterranean atmosphere. Known for the beauty of its coast and the transparency of the sea in the bays of Isola Bella, Mazzaro', Sirens and the beach of Spisone, Taormina offers the widest choice of accommodation in Sicily: from high luxury hotels to simple bread & breakfast or apartments rental. The renowned cuisine is also part of the pleasure to stay in Taormina: from high level restaurants to typical taverns and pizzerias and street food. Walking in Taormina in the day, in the night and at any hour, gives particular sensations and the pleasure to discover unique corners, different day by day, hour by hour. The charming tiny streets and alleys are a pleasure for the eyes with hundreds occasions of suggestive photo shots... and a tempation for the taste with the continuous attractions offered by restaurants, taverns, street food, wine bars, artisanal pastries, ice-cream shops. Taormina is also the starting point for interesting outdoor activities: short or full day excursions to the main natural or historical locations of Sicily and boat trips, snorkeling and diving, paragliding, rafting in the surrounding areas. Last but not least: music & wine bars and discoteques in the charming tiny alleys, and concerts & shows in the magnificent magic atmosphere of the Greek-Roman theatre.
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Savoca and Taormina - half day excursion
- Cript of Cappuccini
- Bar Vitelli with the pictures of the movie
- Church San Nicolo' (XV century)
- Walking tour with view over the Jonian sea and the valley
- Mother Church (XIII century)
- City centre free walking tour (local guide available on demand)
- Belvedere terrace with view over the bay and the coast
- Isola Bella beach (on demand)
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