With its breathtaking landscapes and with the picturesque atmosphere and culture it boasts, it’s no wonder that Sicily has a long and interesting list of films that have been entirely or partially set and shot in the island. Join us for a different journey through some of the most beautiful cities and villages which have become part of our subconscious because they were locations for famous Italian and foreign films.

Spectacularly perched on the side of a mountain, Taormina dominates two grand, sweeping bays below with crystal clear water. On the southern side, the top of Mount Etna, often capped with snow, offers breathtaking views over almost one hundred miles of Mediterranean Sea. You can still find fine examples of the town’s golden times: the splendid Greek Theatre, the Roman “Naumachiae”, the 10th century Palazzo Corvaja, the 13th century Cathedral of Saint Nicolò and many others. Taormina will leave You with a lasting impression of Sicily!

The two pretty hillside villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agro were chosen by Francis Ford Coppola as set locations for some of the immortal scenes of Godfather’s trilogy. A visit for cinema lovers but, even if You are not a fan, this is a fascinating way to visit these unspoiled and typical Sicilian villages with a real insight into the island and the heart of its people. A stop for a “Granita” at Bar Vitelli is a “must” for any visitor in town.

Cefalù is one of the location shoot for the classic movie “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” by Giuseppe Tornatore. Its Porta Marina is the Arena Imperia, where an outdoor screening of Ulysses is interrupted by rain. Enjoying an exceptional location, Cefalu was originally a small fishing village perched between the sea and a limestone headland, which gives the town its name. Bagheria, Giuseppe Tornatore’s birthplace, also appears in the film; You must travel south, through Corleone and Prizzi to the village of Palazzo Adriano, to find the fictional village of Giancaldo. Situated in the outskirts of Palermo, Bagheria had also been the setting for The Godfather Part III. Its most notable attraction is the Villa Palagonia, a Baroque villa built from 1715 by Tommaso Napoli, and used in Baarìa, the 2009 film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore.

Palermo has been immortalized by Italian and Hollywood directors in many classic Mafia movie and also in “The Leopard”, which is a 1963 Italian film by director Luchino Visconti, based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s epic novel. Even more recently, the German Wim Wenders has made Palermo a central protagonist in its “Palermo Shooting”, premiered in 2008.

One of the final scenes of “Ocean’s Twelve” ,starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney, was filmed in the beautiful rocky bay of Tonnara in Scopello. For several years now, this picturesque little village in western Sicily has been in vogue not just with local people but with trend-setters including film directors and magazine photographers. Castellammare del Golfo is another attractive seaside town on the north-western coast of Sicily, between Palermo and Trapani. The cute little port is a very picturesque movie location used for “Ocean’s Twelve”.

Arrival at Catania Airport, transfer and accommodation in Your 4* selected hotel in Taormina. Time at leisure. In the afternoon visit of the historical area with fine examples of the town’s golden times.

After breakfast travel to Savoca and Forza D’Agrò, two pretty hillside villages where Francis Ford Coppola filmed some of the immortal scenes of Godfather’s trilogy. A stop for a “Granita” at Bar Vitelli is a “must” for any visitor in town. Nice stop for lunch in a typical restaurant in Cefalù. Check in and overnight in Your 4* selected hotel in Cefalù.

After breakfast visit of Cefalù, which was chosen as location set for the classic movie “Cinema Paradiso” by Giuseppe Tornatore. Bagheria also appears in the film; You must travel south, through Corleone and Prizzi to the village of Palazzo Adriano, to find the fictional village of Giancaldo. Bagheria was also used for The Godfather Part III. Its Villa Palagonia was the location where the Tornatore’s film Baarìa was filmed. Check in and overnight in Your 4* selected hotel in Palermo.

After breakfast visit of Palermo, which has been immortalized by Italian and Hollywood directors in many classic Mafia movie and also in “The Leopard”, by Luchino Visconti. Palermo has been a central protagonist in “Palermo Shooting” by the German Wim Wenders. One of the final scenes of “Ocean’s Twelve” was filmed in the rocky bay of Tonnara in Scopello. The little port of Castellammare del Golfo is a very picturesque movie location used for “Ocean’s Twelve”. Both villages are worth the visit. Check in and overnight in Your 4* selected hotel in Castellammare del Golfo.

After breakfast day at leisure to enjoy the beach and walk along the charming village.

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Check out and transfer to Palermo Airport.

TAORMINA

Taormina dominates two grand, sweeping bays below and on the southern side, the top of Mount Etna, the european highest active volcano, often capped with snow, offering to the visitors a breathtaking, dramatic and memorable view over. Taormina really seems to be born as a tourist resort since past times, when ancient people like the Sicels, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards chose it as their residential site thank to its favourable position, mild climate and magic atmosphere. Nowadays You can still find fine examples of Taormina’s golden times: the splendid Greek Theatre, the Roman “Naumachiae”, the 10th century Palazzo Corvaja, the 13th century Cathedral of Saint Nicolò, the 16th century Palace of the Dukes of Saint Stefano, the public gardens, the “Badia Vecchia” (Ancient Abbey) and many others.

SAVOCA & FORZA D’AGRO’

After breakfast travel to Savoca and Forza D’Agrò, two pretty hillside villages where Francis Ford Coppola filmed some of the immortal scenes of Godfather’s trilogy. A visit for cinema lovers but, even if You are not a fan, this stop is a fascinating way to visit these unspoiled and typical Sicilian villages with a real insight into the island and the heart of its people A stop for a “Granita” at Bar Vitelli is a “must” for any visitor in town. It is still run by the family who owned it at the time of the movie shooting and You can see a photo-collection taken while Francis Ford Coppola was filming some scenes of The Godfather II. It was featured in the motion picture as the place where Michael Corleone asked Apollonia’s father to meet his daughter.

CEFALU’

Cefalu is one of the location of the famous movie Cinema Paradiso by Giuseppe Tornatore. In Cefalù itself, the ‘Arena Imperia’, where a seafront showing of the 1954 epic Ulysses, with Kirk Douglas, is interrupted by a summer rainstorm, is the town’s Porta Marina, with its Gothic arch – the only remaining city gate of four that once afforded access to the town. The audience is seated on the port’s Molo Vecchio(Old Pier) while locals enjoy the show from boats in the bay. Cefalù, once a fishing village, is overlooked by an imposing limestone headland, which gives the town its name. Originally a Greek settlement, the name derives from ‘Kefaloidion’, meaning ‘head’.

CORLEONE

While Bagheria can be seen in the film “Cinema Paradiso”, You must travel south, through Corleone and Prizzi to the village of Palazzo Adriano, to find Giancaldo proper. The cinema was built on Via Nino Bixio, and while the set is long gone, visitors might recognise other buildings in the vicinity. The towns of Prizzi and Corleone, both of which have passed their names on to Hollywood.

BAGHERIA

Cinema Paradiso’s director, Giuseppe Tornatore, grew up the town of Bagheria, in northern Sicily. Bagheria lies on the outskirts of Palermo, and also appears in The Godfather Part III. Its most notable attraction is the Villa Palagonia, a Baroque villa built from 1715 by Tommaso Napoli. Its garden and walls are decorated with dozens of statues of grotesque characters, earning it the nickname Villa dei Mostri (The Villa of Monsters). Baarìa: this 2009 film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore opened the 66th International Film Festival in Venice and was broadly appreciated not only for its soundtrack (by Ennio Morricone) but also for its extraordinary representation of some of the most traditional and peculiar traits of the culture of Sicily. 

PALERMO

Palermo is really famous in Hollywood as set location for mafia movie and also for “The Leopard”, which  is a 1963 Italian film by director Luchino Visconti, based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel of the same name.  The grand ball was staged in the Palazzo Valguarnera Gangi, Piazza Croce dei Vespri in Palermo itself. The famous ballroom can be hired for functions, but the remainder of the house is a private residence. But a famous film is also “Palermo Shooting”, premiered in 2008, directed by the German Wim Wenders, famous for Paris, Texas and the Buena Vista Social Club.  The opening scene fades between monochromatic shots inside Palermo’s Capuchin Crypt, lighting the macabre faces of the mummified corpses found in the wall niches . Some shooting  are done  at the Quattro Canti, the Baroque heart of Palermo which splits the city into four quarters. 

SCOPELLO

Ocean’s Twelve some of its scenes were filmed in the beautiful bay of Scopello, which is not more than a hamlet above the coast in Sicily’s north-western corner. But for several years now, this low-key destination has been in vogue not just with local people but with trend-setters including film directors and magazine photographers. Two historic defensive towers stand poised on the rocks, combining with a third tower up by the village to unify the wider views.

CASTELLAMMARE DEL GOLFO

Castellammare del Golfo is an attractive seaside town on the north-western coast of Sicily, between Palermo and Trapani. The historic little fishing port has a very picturesque location, below steep mountain slopes, with a handsome curved harbour at the foot of a small headland topped with a castle. Even here some shooting of Ocean twelve was done in this picturesque village.

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Taormina, ME, Italy: 37.851637, 15.285313
Savoca, ME, Italy: 37.955758, 15.339630
Forza d\'Agrò, ME, Italy: 37.914351, 15.335804
Cefalù, PA, Italy: 38.008417, 14.018844
Bagheria, PA, Italy: 38.078918, 13.512365
Corleone, PA, Italy: 37.813817, 13.298785
Prizzi, PA, Italy: 37.722135, 13.428250
Palazzo Adriano, PA, Italy: 37.681523, 13.379061
Scopello, Castellammare del Golfo, TP, Italy: 38.070284, 12.817913
Castellammare del Golfo, TP, Italy: 38.026491, 12.880926
Palermo, PA, Italy: 38.115688, 13.361267
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Taormina, ME, Italy

TAORMINA
Taormina dominates two grand, sweeping bays below and on the southern side, the top of Mount Etna, the european highest active volcano, often capped with snow, offering to the visitors a breathtaking, dramatic and memorable view over. Taormina really seems to be born as a tourist resort since past times, when ancient people like the Sicels, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards chose it as their residential site thank to its favourable position, mild climate and magic atmosphere.

Taormina, ME, Italy
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Savoca, ME, Italy

SAVOCA
Savoca and Forza D’Agrò, two pretty hillside villages where Francis Ford Coppola filmed some of the immortal scenes of Godfather’s trilogy. A visit for cinema lovers but, even if You are not a fan, this stop is a fascinating way to visit these unspoiled and typical Sicilian villages with a real insight into the island and the heart of its people A stop for a “Granita” at Bar Vitelli is a “must” for any visitor in town. It is still run by the family who owned it at the time of the movie shooting and You can see a photo-collection taken while Francis Ford Coppola was filming some scenes of The Godfather II. It was featured in the motion picture as the place where Michael Corleone asked Apollonia’s father to meet his daughter.

Savoca, ME, Italy
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Forza d'Agrò, ME, Italy

FORZA D'AGRO'
Savoca and Forza D’Agrò, two pretty hillside villages where Francis Ford Coppola filmed some of the immortal scenes of Godfather’s trilogy. A visit for cinema lovers but, even if You are not a fan, this stop is a fascinating way to visit these unspoiled and typical Sicilian villages with a real insight into the island and the heart of its people.

Forza d'Agrò, ME, Italy
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Cefalù, PA, Italy

CEFALU'
Cefalù is one of the location of the famous movie Cinema Paradiso by Giuseppe Tornatore. Cefalù, once a fishing village, is overlooked by an imposing limestone headland, which gives the town its name.

Cefalù, PA, Italy
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Bagheria, PA, Italy

BAGHERIA
Cinema Paradiso’s director, Giuseppe Tornatore, grew up in the town of Bagheria, in northern Sicily. Bagheria lies on the outskirts of Palermo, and also appears in The Godfather Part III. Its most notable attraction is the Villa Palagonia, a Baroque villa built from 1715 by Tommaso Napoli. Its garden and walls are decorated with dozens of statues of grotesque characters, earning it the nickname Villa dei Mostri (The Villa of Monsters). 

Bagheria, PA, Italy
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Corleone, PA, Italy

CORLEONE
While Bagheria can be seen in the film “Cinema Paradiso”, You must travel south, through Corleone and Prizzi to the village of Palazzo Adriano, to find Giancaldo proper. The cinema was built on Via Nino Bixio, and while the set is long gone, visitors might recognise other buildings in the vicinity. The towns of Prizzi and Corleone, both of which have passed their names on to Hollywood.

Corleone, PA, Italy
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Prizzi, PA, Italy

PRIZZI
While Bagheria can be seen in the film “Cinema Paradiso”, You must travel south, through Corleone and Prizzi to the village of Palazzo Adriano, to find Giancaldo proper. The cinema was built on Via Nino Bixio, and while the set is long gone, visitors might recognise other buildings in the vicinity. The towns of Prizzi and Corleone, both of which have passed their names on to Hollywood.

Prizzi, PA, Italy
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Palazzo Adriano, PA, Italy

PALAZZO ADRIANO
While Bagheria can be seen in the film “Cinema Paradiso”, You must travel south, through Corleone and Prizzi to the village of Palazzo Adriano, to find Giancaldo proper. The cinema was built on Via Nino Bixio, and while the set is long gone, visitors might recognise other buildings in the vicinity. The towns of Prizzi and Corleone, both of which have passed their names on to Hollywood.

Palazzo Adriano, PA, Italy
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Scopello, Castellammare del Golfo, TP, Italy

SCOPELLO
Ocean’s Twelve some of its scenes were filmed in the beautiful bay of Scopello, which is not more than a hamlet above the coast in Sicily’s north-western corner. But for several years now, this low-key destination has been in vogue not just with local people but with trend-setters including film directors and magazine photographers. Two historic defensive towers stand poised on the rocks, combining with a third tower up by the village to unify the wider views.

Scopello, Castellammare del Golfo, TP, Italy
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Castellammare del Golfo, TP, Italy

CASTELLAMARE DEL GOLFO
Castellammare del Golfo is an attractive seaside town on the north-western coast of Sicily, between Palermo and Trapani . The historic little fishing port has a very picturesque location, below steep mountain slopes, with a handsome curved harbour at the foot of a small headland topped with a castle. Even here some shooting of Ocean twelve was done in this picturesque village.

Castellammare del Golfo, TP, Italy
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