"Godfather Villa" Exclusive Tour & Lunch

Following a short transfer from the port, your morning commences with a lovely 75 to 90 minute guided stroll through the enchanting town of Taormina with its Greek theatre and its narrow little lanes. Taormina is beautifully perched on a lofty terrace high above the Bay of Naxos and has been renowned since antiquity for its fine climate and calm beauty. The first modern hotel opened in 1874, and after a stay by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia, it became a popular vacation spot for European aristocracy and such families as the Rothchilds, Krupps and Vanderbilt's. Smart shops mix with elegant villas surrounded by gardens full of bougainvillea and jasmine. Pass the 15th- century Corvaja Palace en route to the well-preserved Greek-Roman Theater. A stunning view of Mt. Etna and the sparkling sea with your ship at anchor is your reward for the short climb up to the site. After your guided orientation, there will be time to wander through the numerous narrow lanes and along the Corso Umberto independently to enjoy the ambiance and browse for typical local handicrafts in the charming shops and boutiques. Meet your guide at a designated spot for the 30-minute drive to a private villa for a delicious and exclusive Sicilian lunch at the "Godfather Villa" Castello degli Schiavi (Castle of the Slaves); first built as a country villa for the Prince of Palagoina and Fiumefreddo. Restored in 1750, the castle has a large courtyard surrounded by a privately owned house and small chapel dating to 1544. The villa was used as the home of Don Tomasino Corleone in the movie "The Godfather" and appeared on the cover of Life Magazine in 1970 in conjunction with the movie. Enter the walled garden of the villa where your hosts greet you as local musicians play and cocktails are served. Your hosts will graciously guide you through their home decorated in the traditional Sicilian-style with family portraits hanging from the walls and tables covered with antique lace cloths. Enjoy a leisurely Sicilian Style lunch before returning to your yacht.

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Port: Taormina (Etna) Sicily

Duration: 7 hours

Price: 269

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