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Sicily:The Godfather and Inspector Montalbano Tour
8 days /7 nights

Thanks to " The Godfather and the Inspector Montalbano Tour " you can discover the places in Sicily linked to the famous Francis Ford Coppola saga and to the character  created by Andrea Camilleri. 

 

1° DAY: Catania – Sant’Alessio Siculo

Arrival at Catania. Transfer by private luxury coach to Hotel in  Catania - Taormina  Area. Welcome cocktail and accommodation in the hotel, dinner and overnight stay

 

2° DAY: Taormina - Forza d’Agrò.

After the breakfast, departure toward Taormina, the pearl of the Ionian sea. Meeting with the tourist guide that will show to the participants its Greek-Roman, Byzantine and Saracen  architecture. Visit of the main monuments such as the Cathedral, the Greek theatre. At the station of the town it took place the meeting between Michael Corleone , Robert De Niro , and Kay, the protagonists of the saga of “The Godfather” Lunch in a traditional Sicilian restaurant in the near town of Forza d'Agro (Messina) that offers a breath - taking landscape.

In the afternoon, a walk through the streets of the medieval town. We will visit the Convent of St. Augustine with itscloister and the squares of SS Annunziata and  of the Holy Trinity, where some  other scenes of  the famous Saga of Francis Ford Coppola  were shot.
Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

3° DAY: Santa Teresa – Sant'Alessio siculo

Breakfast in  the hotel and visit of the town of Santa Teresa di Riva. The participants will admire the old Saracen Towers “of Varna, of Baglio and of Catalmo”, dating back to the 9th and 11th centuries. They tell the history of the Roman Empire until its decline and fall. The “Paradiso terrestre” (earthly paradise) and other frescos by Nino Ucchino can be appreciated in the Misserio  Church. Lunch in a typical restaurant.
In the afternoon, a guided visit of  Sant Alessio Siculo and its main monuments such as the castle of Saracen origins, formed by two concentric and overlapped great towers. It was renovated at the beginning of the 19th century by the English. The “Quartiere di mezzo” is a populated ancient area with buildings belonging to the 17th and 18th century. An important building is the famous “Casa delle decime”, Villa Genovese (17 th century) Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

4° DAY: Savoca – Giardini Naxos

Breakfast in the hotel and guided visit of the Saracen old town of the Savoca. It is placed at 300 metres above the level of the sea. The participants will visit “Bar Vitelli”, which is still a functioning structure and that was portrayed in the movie “The Goodfther”  as the place where Michael Corleone asked Apollonia’s father for the hand of his daughter.

 During the visit, the participants can enjoy the degustation of  some Sicilian products. Several important religious sites will be visited in the afternoon like S.Michele Church (1400), with its beautiful gothic portals and its frescos. The Friars Capuchin monastery (1600) hosts in its crypt some mummified bodies of old important notable people and Via Crucis Calvario, a path covered by the friars of the monastery and it was curved in the rock. In the afternoon we will take a walk along  the seafront of Giardini Naxos.

Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

5° Day: Scicli – Punta Secca – Ragusa Ibla – Modica

After the breakfast, we will reach Scicli. During the guided tour we will walk along Via Mormino Perna, one of the most   charming streets of Sicily.  We will can admire a lot of churches and elegant palazzos; they are evidences of the late Baroque age. In the series, Montalbano Inspector often drives his Fiat Tipo along this street.

Here we will can appreciate  Palazzo Comunale and Palazzo Iacono, in the series they used as Vigata and Montelusa police headquarters.

Then, we will reach Punta Secca, a  small maritime hamlet of Santa Croce Camerina, where the inspector’s seaside house is located. Here we can appreciate both a charming beach  and the blue sea water where  the inspector goes  for his walks and takes his refreshing baths.

Not far from Punta Secca there is the Neogothic style Castelllo di Donnafugata, in the series it's the house of Don Balduccio Sinagra, head of one of the two local Mafia families.

Then we will reach Ragusa ibla, (in the series it's the town of Vigata) where we can admire the splendid  Cattedrale San Giorgio and it's square, also known in the series as The Mother Church of Vigata and its square. We wiil take a lunch in The Rustiscana restaurant, in the series. It's San Calogero Restaurant

In the afternoon, visit of Modica , a very important Sicilian baroque city. Here we can indivituate some places of Vigata.  Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

6° DAY:Mount Etna ad The Riviera die Ciclopicv,

Breakfast at hotel and departure to Nicolosi. We will reach the “Rifugio Sapienza, a guard house at the base of Mount Etna,  the starting point for a guided trip to the “Crateri Silvestri”.
We could take the cable car to reach the main craters. Lunch at the restaurant “Crateri Silvestri”.
In the first afternoon we will reach a farm located in Zafferana Etnea, where we  will have a tasting of locally-grown products suca as honet, wine,oil and pistachio.

In the afternoon we will reach the “ Riviera dei Ciclopi”; one of the most popular sicilian seaside destination. Visit of Acicastello , Acitrezza and Acireale.

Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay

7° Day: Departure : Syracuse and Noto.

 Breakfast at hotel, departure to Siracusa, one of the most important cities of the Magna Grecia. Visit of the archaeological Park of Neapolis that hosts the majority of classic monuments of the Greek Syracuse such as the Ara of Ierone II and the Greek Theatre, one of the biggest in the world, and Dionisio’s Ear, an artificial cave carved in the limestone. Then we will reach Ortigia Island to admire the significant traces of the Greek civilization in Sicily such as the Apollo Temple and the Fonte Aretusa. Lunch in a restaurant.

In the afternoon departure to Noto. Guided visit of the masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque, dubbed “ Ston Garden” for is achitectural beauties. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

 

8: Departure

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Catania Airport or at place to be specified. End of our services.

The itinerary of  "The Godfather and Inspector Montalbano Tour"can be modified for technical reasons operational and can be modified according to customer needs.Schedule can be also modified if requested.

 

Quotation on request

Single room  supplement on request

 

 

The Price includes

  • Flights (available on request for formed groups)
  • Welcome of our courier at meeting point
  • Displacement by Private Luxury Coach/Minivan
  • Guided tours
  • Accommodation: twin-bedroom in  4 stars hotel
  • Welcome Cocktail
  • Full board service
  • Lunches in restaurants
  • Tasting
  • Travel, medical and baggage insurance;

 

The Price doesn’t include:

  • City Tax
  • Tips, extras and personal shopping
  • Entrance tickets
  • Porterage services
  • All not specifically mentioned under “price includes”

 

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                                                                                                            by Jenia Viaggi

 

 

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