Giardini Naxos (Taormina), Italy
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Approximately 4½ hours
Devotees of The Godfather are sure to recognize many of the film's memorable sites on this tour of the Sicilian homeland of the notorious Corleone family. Your coach follows a scenic coastal route to the hillside village of Savoca where, in the movie, Michael proposed marriage to Apollonia.
In Savoca you will visit a private home that was the site for the film's Bar Vitelli. It still operates as a bar and houses a collection of memorabilia related to the film. Taste a granita here -- a beverage that this cherished by the locals.
Step inside the Cappuccini Church, whose crypt houses an eerie collection of 18th-century mummies. And from here, join your guide for a walking tour past 15th- and 16th-century churches to the summit above the town for panoramic views. A guided stroll along the village's main street reveals views over the valley below.
Back on the motorcoach, it's an approximately 30-minute journey to Fiumefreddo. Visit the Castello degli Schiavi -- the private home of Barone Platania, which took a starring role in The Godfather trilogy. In fact, this is the very spot where Apollonia was murdered.
The Cappuccini Church catacombs are closed as the crypt is undergoing restoration; however, a limited number of mummies may be viewed in a separate room. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Shorts are not allowed. As an extension of Spa & Wellness with Dr Andrew Weil, this Mindful Living tour is designed to deliver an experience that contributes to mind and body wellness. You are invited to visit the on-board spa to speak to the Mindful Living coach to learn more about Dr Weil and our holistic wellness program.