SHORE EXCURSION TOUR TO MESSINA, THE GODFATHER TOUR & TAORMINA
The motorcoach will take you to Messina (45 mins drive from Taormina) where you can visit the Piazza Duomo with the clock tower and elegant palazzos. A scenic drive runs inland to Savoca which is considered one of the most attractive places in the environ of Taormina. Bar Vitelli with a gorgeous terrace, has a collection of photographs taken when Francis Ford Coppola shot some scenes of “The Godfather II”. Free time for a “granita” in the Bar Vitelli then we walk to the Chiesa Madre with its fine 16C portal surmonted by a beautifully carved oculus and the coat of arms of Savoca, bearing the eldeberry branch from which the name of the town is supposed to derive. The tour will continue to Forza d’Agrò an attractive medieval hamlet caps the furthermost spurs of the Monti Peloritani with a splendid view of the coast. After a wonderful introduction of the hill top town of Savoca, we would then discover together the beautiful town of Taormina, the ancient Taurominum, is a spot of infinite loveliness, the land of Dolce far niente – of sweet do nothing. The town lies in an elevated position of amazing, almost unique beauty, affording magnificent views combining sea and sky of a marvelous blue, miles of a curving coastline and picturesque mountain scenery, while the majestic pyramid of Mt. Etna on one side constitutes a scene of indescribable beauty. Upon arrival we will visit the most impressive monument of the city: the Greco-Roman Theatre ( entrance is not included in the quote). It has the finest site of any theatre in the world and one of the most striking monuments of antiquity. We continue our walking tour to the Villa Comunale: the public gardens which are planted with a huge variety of flowering plants and shrubs ranging from the most common to the exotic. Free time and lunch on your own.
Our Experience today will not simply be an introduction to two typical Sicilian towns but a real insight into the island, the locals, the culture of this fascinating island.
This is a land of surprises and we are excited to discover together the soul of Sicily!
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