Scintillating Sicily (In The Godfather’s Footsteps)

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Buon giorno di Sicily! I have to say that while I was excited to visit Sicily to do the tour of The Godfather trilogy filming locations, I didn’t expect the island to be so visually stunning. I think this may be the prettiest place I’ve been so far. Sicily is a cross between Tuscany and the French Riviera.

I love “The Godfather”. I own the trilogy on DVD and can quote most of the lines in the movie. I’m not even sure when this love affair started but it’s one of my favorites (along with What’s Love Got to do With It).  Wait, I just realized that I love violent movies…hmmm.  And here I’ve been thinking I’m a RomCom kinda girl.

Anyway, when I saw there was a tour of The Godfather filming locations in Sicily, I jumped at the opportunity and the tour did not disappoint.  If you haven’t seen the movies then stop reading this post and go watch it now. I’ll wait…

While the film states that the Corleone family was originally from the town of the same name in Sicily, the movie was not actually filmed in that town (it was too developed for the scenes that were to be shot). So, Francis Ford Coppola filmed scenes from the first 2 movies in the town of Savoca.

The village of Savoca is so small, so typical, so “not for tourists”.  I instantly fell in love!  Bar Vitelli was the first thing I saw and my heart seemed to jump out of my body…it was so moving, so exciting!!!!! The Bar is just like in the movie…the table where Michael, Fabrizio and Calo sat…even the door curtains, it was absolutely amazing.

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On the walk to the church where Michael and Appollonia married, the view was breathtaking. Only 100 people live in this tiny village!

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Below is the church where the wedding took place (you don’t see very little of in the movie).

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After looking around inside, I decided to make the same walk Michael and Apollonia did after their wedding from the church to Bar Vitelli.

From here, we drove to Forza d’Agro, another small village where a different church is located. It appears in The Godfather (you see it when Michael goes to Corleone for the first time along with his bodyguards); and in The Godfather 2 (in the scene when Vito escapes to America hidden on a donkey while Don Ciccio’s men threaten the neighbors; also you see it later in the film located when Vito returns with his young family to visit Corleone and settle some old scores).  The courtyard in front of the church was filmed in The Godfather 3 where Michael and Kate are dancing after they reunite.

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This village has about 700 residents. The views are stunning and you can see the volcano in the background. It actually erupted while we were there but you cannot see the lava until the sun has set.

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I wish I had more time to spend in Sicily! There is so much more I’d love to explore. If you are planning a trip to Italy…or elsewhere in the Mediterranean, add Sicily to your travel list. Be sure to take The Godfather Tour…I promise you won’t be disappointed! Happy travels!

7 thoughts on “Scintillating Sicily (In The Godfather’s Footsteps)

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Lisa,
      I booked this as a shore excursion thru Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines since I was on a 10 day Med cruise at the time. I don’t remember the actual tour company’s name…but suggest you try http://www.viator.com and they may have a similar tour for your friend to try.

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Erik! No, we didn’t go by there on the Godfather tour. But, if you find it, I’d be interested to know where it is! I’m sure there are tour operators in Sicily that could point you in the right direction. Good luck!

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