The Godfather on Location

CTA-120 | Sicily (Catania), Italy | See Special Notes

from $59.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Town of Savoca Town of Savoca

You will see:

Strenuous

Excursion Length:
Approx. 5.45 hours

Max. Group Size: 50

Tour Overview

The award-winning trilogy inspired by Mario Puzo's 1969 classic "The Godfather" novel tells the story of the rise and fall of a Mafia don from the town of Corleone, Sicily. But when it came time to film the first movie director Francis Ford Coppola determined that Corleone looked too modern and sophisticated. Instead, the quaint Sicilian villages of Savoca and Forza d'Argo were used as stand-ins for Vito Corelone's hometown.

For the die-hard "Godfather" fan, this is an excursion you can't refuse-over five hours of following in the footsteps of Vito, Michael and other memorable "Godfather" characters.

There will be plenty of walking so wear comfortable shoes plus there's lots of scenery and historical landmarks in addition to "Godfather" locations so be sure to bring your camera.

Your journey begins at the pier where you'll board your coach. Sit back and relax as you travel north along a scenic route surrounded by ancient trees with the ever-present Mount Etna dominating the landscape.

Once you arrive in Savoca you'll understand why Coppola chose this medieval town. Perched high atop a rocky hill and tucked between tall elder trees, the village radiates an Old World charm with narrow streets paved in lava rock, houses topped in Sicilian tile and crumbling buildings dating back centuries.

The town's sepia-toned beauty was captured on film back in 1972 and once you step off the coach you'll follow your guide to locations showcased in the film.

Bar Vitelli, where Michael asked for Signore Vitelli's daughter's hand in marriage, still looks much the same as it did decades ago with a vine-covered terrace overlooking a deep valley. In fact, little has changed since the aristocratic two-story Sicilian neoclassical building was erected in the early 18th century.

The church where Michael and Apollonia were married is just steps away. A winding road where the pair later walked with their wedding guests leads to the Church of St. Nicolo. Dating back to the beginning of the 13th century, this sacred spot boasts a picture-perfect façade and stunning views.

Photos taken, you'll rejoin your coach and travel to the quaint village of Forza d' Agro and another famous church used in the "Godfather" saga. The 16th century Church of Sant'Agostino appeared in the second film when a young Vito begins his escape to America by hiding away in the saddlebags of a donkey.

As you stroll around the town, originally settled by Greeks in the 8th century B.C., your guide will point out other sites that were also used in the final film, "Godfather III."

Your colorful and historic tour concludes with a stroll back to your coach where you can relax and reflect on your exciting adventure.

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Special Notes

 

Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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