When I moved to Sicily, the only thing I knew about the island was the Mafia! Thanks to Francis Ford Coppola and His film “The Godfather”! Join me on a private tour to find out more.
The film was shot in several places in Sicily, but most of the scenes were shot on the east coast near Taormina, the medieval village in the mountains: Savoca (at an altitude of 330 m. above sea level) with its iconic bar Vitelli, where the young Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) asks permission to father Apollonia, and Forza d’Agro (at an altitude of 420 m. above sea level).
But my favorite place this is the villa of Baron Platania “Castello degli Schiavi” (The Castle of Slaves) in Fiumefreddo: a magnificent specimen of the Sicilian aristocracy villa of the eighteenth century.
Here, near the well, the car explodes with Appollonia, here becomes the meeting with the Sicilian Mafia, here brings the whole family of Vito Corleone (young Robert De Niro), here is Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in the third part and here He dies.
In four hours we can visit only two places. My personal recommendation: Savoca and the villa of Baron Platania (extra 25 euro for adults).