Highlights of this tour
- Mount Etna
Your English-speaking driver waits for you at the cruise terminal or he will meet you at your accommodation, with private adapted vehicle. He will hold a sign with your name on it, and together you make your way to Savoca and Mount Etna.
The tour starts with a drive to the lovely little hilltop village of Savoca. It is one of the most beautiful villages in Sicily. The village was founded in the province of Messina. Enthusiasts of the Godfather movies can visit the locations of some famous scenes here. The bar where Michael Corleone comes to ask for the hand of the boss’s daughter still looks exactly like in the movie. The church where the wedding is filmed, can also be found in this village. In contrast to Corleone, Savoca has changed very little compared to the previous century. Only the cars betray the here and now.
Savoca is still quite unspoiled. It has quiet streets, a peaceful atmosphere, and is surrounded by beautiful mountainous scenery and several fascinating old churches. Take a stroll along the blissfully peaceful street towards the church of Santa Lucia. This is where the Godfather’s son Michael married Appolonia in the movie, and relax with a refresher on the tiny square.
After your visit to the town of Savoca, the tour continues with a comfortable drive up the slopes of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. It is a very active volcano whose lava flows and the craters of eruption can still be seen on the steep slopes. The road up there is through vineyards and picturesque villages, eventually to a height of 6,000ft above sea level. Mount Etna is not only the largest, but also the volcano with the longest record of continuous eruption.
Here you have some free time to explore the area with the extinct craters and lava flows before your drive guide brings you back to the ship or your accommodation.
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