Today you are greeted at Taormina-Giardini Naxos port and drive to enjoy the scenes of The Godfather movie. From the coastal road, rich of villas, flowering gardens, and picturesque villages, leads to the historical artist town of Savoca. In a private house in the village, Bar Vitelli houses a collection of local artisans' tools and photographs taken when Francis Ford Coppola shot scenes of The Godfather II. Stroll along the village's main street past Santa Lucia and San Michele churches for a short view over the valley. Drive away, we'll find a charming little village over-looking the Arab-Norman castle of Capo Sant'Alessio. In 1990, Al Pacino and Sophia Coppola shot scenes here for The Godfather III. From the main square, a lane meets the circular steps that ascend to the Gothic-Catalan portal in front of the Church of San Agostino. Later we will continue to Taormina, the resort town of Sicily. On arrival time at leisure to explore the town or independent visit to the Greek Roman Theatre (admission fee: not included) from where we can admire an amazing view. This afternoon back to Taormina-Giardini Naxos port.
Godfather II & III: Bar Vitelli, Savoca, Sant' Alessio
Taormina: World renowned Mediterranean resort town
AS REGARDS THE VISIT TO TAORMINA, IT IS A WALKING TOUR
Taormina is a hill-village with a glossy sheen of glamour. A drink at the tables of Caffè Wunderbar (or similar) in Piazza IX Aprile may set you back a few euros, but you'll be basking where Tennessee Williams and Elizabeth Taylor basked before you.
As well as the famed Greek-Roman Theatre (Admission Fee: not included), there are several minor sites to be discovered around Taormina. The attractive principal thoroughfare, Corso Umberto is pedestrian and ideal for strolling and window-shopping. Picturesque lanes above and below the Corso are interesting to explore, while if you want to stretch your legs further there are attractive walks up into the hills, or down to the sea. Given its compact size, Taormina has a huge range of bars, cafes and restaurants where you can while away pleasant hours while admiring the views. Taormina has two important gates: Porta Messina (Messina Gate) & Porta Catania (Catania Gate). Between the two gates there is an important street under the name of CORSO UMBERTO STREET. The Corso Umberto Street is the core of the town rich of bar, shops, pottery and more. Waling in this street indulge you in the Taormina atmosphere. The two gates are far away each other less than one mile (approx. 700 meters). USUALLY the driver escort stopped people in a gate, and meet them again in the opposite gate giving you the chance to be by yourself. Meeting point locations will be handled on the spot in accordance with your driver escort.
We will adapt this excursion based on your Cruise Schedule.
For your acknowledge:
-Pick-up will be arranged 0,30 hour later estimated cruise dock;
-Drop-off to the port will be set 1 hour before cruise departure.
TAORMINA-GIARDINI NAXOS PORT, PORT EXCHANGE & TRAVEL PLAN EXCHANGE:
You will dock to the port by tenders. Our staff will be pleased to meet & greet you at the tender stops. At time of booking, we will provide you all the necessary details and emergency cell phones.
Changes of your travel plan in case of bad weather forecast must be shared with us urgently and not at least: in case of bad weather forecast and involuntary port exchanges (Giardini Naxos port vs Messina port) you have to pay a surcharge of euros 50,00 (total) cash directly to our staff up to 8 people. This extra amount is due to cover the extra miles from Giardini Naxos to Messina and vice-versa and highway tolls. Of course, we will do all our efforts to respect the itinerary but in case of less time disposal we will be forced to reduce or remove some visits in accordance with your new cruise schedule.
TOUR CODE: TAOGOD