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  • Alcantara River: Body Rafting & 'Pasta Alla Norma' Lunch

    1. Alcantara River: Body Rafting & 'Pasta Alla Norma' Lunch

    Your guide will meet you at your hotel, or a meeting place of your choice, and take you by comfortable private car the Alcantara river. The river is an ecological wonder, with limestone rocks that make it perfect for letting the rapids take your body on an exciting descent. When you arrive, our specialized guides will take you on your body rafting adventure. Enjoy the views of the rocks as this unique experience allows you to use your body as the raft, with the upmost confidence in your safety. At the end of the tour, your guide will accompany you to the nearby village of Giardini Naxos where you can have lunch with the traditional "pasta alla norma" with good local wine – a just reward for all of your exercise earlier.

  • Sicily: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour

    2. Sicily: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour

    On this informative tour, follow in the footsteps of Michael Corleone in The Godfather. Discover the beautiful medieval villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agrò nestled on 2 beautiful hills where Francis Ford Coppola shot the famous movies. Explore the splendid hidden corners of Sicily as you go off the beaten path. Visit St. Lucy Church where Michael married Apollonia and the Cathedral of Forza d'Agrò where another wedding scene was shot. Enjoy a drink or lemon granita at Bar Vitelli where Michael Corleone asked Mr. Vitelli if he could marry his daughter. Then, explore the beautiful Castello Degli Schiavi.

    Alessio is just the best, as the other reviewers said, he makes a really great tour with a nice little surprise at the end of the tour. Alessio is the guy you want ! on time, clean car, speaks english and spanish fluently and he really enjoys what he is doing ! even though I had to catch a flight after the tour and to get a negativ covid test, Alessio managed everything just on time ! and everything for a reasonable price! (not like other local cab drivers !) I can only recommend and hope to see him soon again !

  • Private Tour of Alcantara Gorges. Including Food and Wine

    3. Private Tour of Alcantara Gorges. Including Food and Wine

    During this private tour by comfortable air-conditioned car, you will visit a Sicilian natural phenomenon - Alcantara Gorges National Reserve. This tour is private - only for your party, nobody else, to ensure the highest standards for clients, and includes pickup and drop-off at your accommodation or the port in Taormina, Catania, or Messina. Several thousand years ago, the river Alcantara's bed was blocked by a lava flow from Mount Etna. As the lava was cooled much more quickly by the water than it would have done otherwise, it crystallized in the form of columns. Over the next millennia, the river naturally eroded a channel through these columns, resulting in impressive gorges and ravines. During this private tour to Gole Alcantara, you will visit the Alcantara park relaxation area. Your friendly private English-speaking guide will explain to you about the origins of this natural ph...

  • From Taormina: The Godfather Movie Tour of Sicily Villages

    4. From Taormina: The Godfather Movie Tour of Sicily Villages

    Depart from Taormina to visit the Sicilian hill towns of Savoca and Forza D’Agrò. Explore the sets of the popular movie The Godfather. See the famous Bar Vitelli and wedding venue, among other places you’ll recognize from the films. Hear stories about the movies and Sicily from a local guide. Enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside. Take a pleasant stroll in the villages. Easily find filming locations of the movie. Visit the Trimarchi building, the venue for the famous Bar Vitelli. Then, see the location of the wedding shoot, the Church of Santa Lucia. Learn about tales behind the great film, and the equally captivating history of the island that inspired this masterpiece by Francis Ford Coppola. Many scenes of village life were filmed on the cobblestone streets and traditional houses of Forzà d'Agrò. Explore SS. Annunziata Square, Church of SS. Annunziata, and the birthplace of ...

  • Messina: 2-Hour Walking Tour

    5. Messina: 2-Hour Walking Tour

    Your tour starts from Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the Fountain of Orion which was built in 1500 by a disciple and collaborator of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Represented within it are the four rivers, and the upper basin is decorated with verses in Latin. Afterwards, you will visit the magnificent cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. Built in the Byzantine era and expanded at the time of Swabians, it was destroyed in 1254 during the funeral of King Corrado IV (son of Frederick II Hohenstaufen), before being later rebuilt in 1908. You will encounter Renaissance decorations, Baroque decorations, and finally those of the 1900s. You will also view various statues, marbles and mosaics, copies of the original versions which are now lost. The façade is decorated with multi-colored bands and embellished with marble and 14th century reliefs. The outside of the 90-meter-high and...

  • Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Tour

    6. Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Tour

    After being picked up from your desired pick up point you will be transported in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and driven to your first stop of the day, Giardini Naxos. After enjoying the beauty of Giardini Naxos you will drive to the enchanting village of Castelmola. From Castelmola you can enjoy amazing views of Giardini Naxos Bay and Mount Edna. Then visit your last stop of the day, the ancient Greek colony of Taormina. Walk down the ancient greek road, Via Valeria, and see the Greek theatre. While exploring Taormina discover various monuments, shops, restaurants, pubs and more and enjoy the beautiful scenery. After your visit to Toarmina, you will be driven back to your requested destination and dropped off. 

  • Messina: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

    7. Messina: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

    Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of three authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test.  Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared with a selection of red and white local wines

  • Messina: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

    8. Messina: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

    Join this private walking tour led by a local guide to discover the beautiful city of Messina. Just a few kilometers from the Italian mainland, Messina sits on a curved harbor at the northernmost point of Sicily's Ionian Coast. Despite the dramatic destructions that Messina has seen in the past, like the the devastating earthquake of 1908 and the mass bombings of WW II, the city managed to save many monuments and museums that are well worth a visit.  During this 2.5-hour guided tour, you will have the chance to see the most important and beautiful spots in the city such as the following: Piazza Duomo - the heart of the city - with its majestic Duomo di Messina, the statue of Don Giovanni d'Austria, the Church of SS. Annunziata dei Catalani, via Cardines, the picturesque Larga delle Due Fontane, the tribunal and the University of Messina, the Church of San Camillo, the Casa di Cristo Re...

  • Castelmola and Taormina Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

    9. Castelmola and Taormina Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

    Enjoy a full-day scenic tour of the east coast of Sicily with pick-up and drop offs from the harbor towns of Naxos, Messina and Catania. Traveling by air conditioned vehicle, your first stop will be the picturesque medieval village of Castelmola, following a panoramic road from Naxos that towers 1,740 feet (530 meters) above sea level. The journey itself is an adventure, but the destination is a dream. Enjoy panoramic sea views, and take a leisurely walk along the narrow streets and alleys. Then, head down to Taormina, often referred to as the "Pearl of Sicily." Admire historic landmarks, such as fragments of the old town walls and the Porta Messina entrance, as well as the 10th-century Palace of Corvaja. Enjoy the bohemian atmosphere reflected in quaint cafés, restaurants, and boutique stores along the Corso Umberto, where you will get plenty of time to explore on your own. And visit...

    Our guide met us at our Cruise port and took us to our air conditioned van. Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Our group of 6 enjoyed the tour guide, transportation, information, and views of Castelmola, Mt. Etna and Toarmina (including Greek-Roman Amphitheater). We had ample time for shopping and lunch.

  • Messina: Off-the-Beaten Track Private Tour w/ a Guide

    10. Messina: Off-the-Beaten Track Private Tour w/ a Guide

    Join this private walking tour led by a local guide to discover the beautiful city of Messina off-the-beaten-track. Just a few kilometers from the Italian mainland, Messina sits on a curved harbor at the northernmost point of Sicily's Ionian Coast. During this 2.5-hour guided tour, you will have the chance to see some of the most beautiful and important - although still partially hidden - spots in the city, such as Teatro Vittorio Emanuele (theater) and the pretty Villa Mazzini (home to an amazing and huge aquarium). You will spot the Regional Museum and walk up to discover the Sacrario di Cristo Re, that was built on a small hill on the ruins of the Castle Matagrifone. From the beautiful lookout in front you, enjoy an incomparable view of the strait and the city, that is always becoming more and more a desired as a beautiful holiday destination by tourists. Just one tip: don't forget ...

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 71 reviews

Alessio is just the best, as the other reviewers said, he makes a really great tour with a nice little surprise at the end of the tour. Alessio is the guy you want ! on time, clean car, speaks english and spanish fluently and he really enjoys what he is doing ! even though I had to catch a flight after the tour and to get a negativ covid test, Alessio managed everything just on time ! and everything for a reasonable price! (not like other local cab drivers !) I can only recommend and hope to see him soon again !

Wonderful, i was the only one and Alessio made sure i have a great time. He explained me all the details where the filming of Godfather took place. We had coffee and light lunch with dessert. Since we had some time left he took me Taormina again as in the last trip i could not explore it well. Highly recommended tour

The best experience! A birthday gift for my husband but actually I enjoyed it very much as well. Our guide was so knowledgeable and accommodating. We were happy to do the Godfather tour and full day Etna with him.

Our guide Alessio is a very knowledgeable and well mannered person. The trip was fantastic and we loved every minute! Grazie!

We had a lovely day with a great guide, nice food and a lot of action ☺️