Land of the Godfather
Your adventure begins with a brief drive through the small town of Naxos, founded by Greek colonisers in the 8th Century B.C. and nowadays lovely summer resort with hotels and tourist facilities.- Driving along the coastal road (with lovely villas, flowering gardens and picturesque villages) reach Santa Teresa, the largest coastal town between Messina and Taormina. From there a picturesque road runs inland to Savoca, a village in a saddle between two hills. Its scenic beauty and historical-artistic heritage makes Savoca, one of the most attractive " although unknown " places in the environs of Taormina. At the entrance of the village there is the "Bar Vitelli", which has a collection of local artisans' tools and photographs taken when Francis Ford Coppola shot some scenes of "The Godfather ". First visit is made to the Cappuccini Church, whose crypt houses the so-called catacombs with 37 mummified bodies in wooden boxes of friars and noble people who lived there in the 18th and 19th centuries. After a short stop at "Bar Vitelli", start the a slow walking tour along the village's main street which climbs on the hill, with several Churches of 15th and 16th centuries (Chiesa Madre, Santa Lucia, San Michele ), ruins of a Norman castle and a magnificent view of the Sicilian coast-line, Strait of Messina, Italian mainland and villages perched on the surroundings hills.- Afterwards you will proceed to Forza d'Agro' ( at 30 minutes drive), a charming little village overlooking the Arab-Norman castle of Capo Sant'Alessio and the coastline towards Messina. In 1990, Al Pacino and Sophia Coppola came here when they shot some scenes of the film "The Godfather III". From the main square a lane leads up to the close Gothic-Catalan portal in front of the Church of S. Agostino (known as "Triade"), with a pleasant 15th c. facade. Before driving back to the SeaDream pier, you will also have an opportunity to see the Baroque Mother Church.
Notes: Owing to traffic/road restrictions, participation to this tour is to be limited. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. This program can also be booked onboard so please make your reservations as soon as possible after boarding to avoid disappointment. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.
Port: Taormina (Etna) Sicily
Duration: 4.5 hours
Voyages where this land adventure can be found:
- May 08, 2015 - Civitavecchia to Athens (Piraeus)
- Jul 19, 2015 - Venice to Civitavecchia
- Jul 29, 2015 - Civitavecchia to Civitavecchia
- Aug 08, 2015 - Civitavecchia to Dubrovnik
- Sep 12, 2015 - Dubrovnik to Civitavecchia
- Jun 06, 2015 - Civitavecchia to Venice
- Jun 16, 2015 - Venice to Civitavecchia
- Jul 04, 2015 - Civitavecchia to Athens (Piraeus)
- Aug 12, 2015 - Dubrovnik to Civitavecchia