Bar VitelliThe Godfather (Il Padrino) [Ask Us to Customize ]

The Godfather is a 1972 American gangster film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the 1969 novel by Mario Puzo. The fictional story, spanning the years between 1945 and 1955, chronicles the experiences of the Italian-American Corleone crime family. Two sequels followed: The Godfather Part II in 1974, and The Godfather Part III in 1990.

IMPORTANT: Since Corleone --Sicily-- was too developed even in the early 70s to be used for filming, the Sicilian towns of Savoca and Forza d'Agro outside of Taormina were used instead. Savoca is is a small village where the Bar Vitelli and the wedding church are. Upon arrival in Savoca we should see this village, so small, so lovely, off the beaten track, it is like living a movie. The Bar is just like in the picture, the table where Michael, Fabrizio & Calo sat it's different, but there is one in Forza d' Agro Churchthe same place, the rest is all the same, even the door curtains, is absolutely amazing. We can also have the pleasure to meet the owner, Signora Maria, who was actually there when the movie was shot.Santa Lucia Church We can also visit the wedding Church, that you can see very little in the movie actually, and after that I've made the same walk Michael and Apollonia did after the wedding along with family and friends, to end at the front of the Bar Vitelli to celebrate".

On the same day we can also continue our trip onto the small village of Forza d'AgrÚ. This one appears in Godfather II, in the scene when Vito escapes to America hidden in a donkey, while Don Ciccio's men threaten the neighbors; also behind young Vito and family during their visit to Corleone; and in Godfather I, the church that appears when Michael goes to Corleone for the first time along with his bodyguards."


New Cinema Paradise (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) [Ask Us to Customize ]

Main Square in Palazzo AdrianoNuovo Cinema Paradiso (New Cinema Paradise) offers a nostalgic look at films and the effect they have on a young boy who grows up in and around the title village movie theater in this Italian-Sicilian comedy drama that is based on the life and times of screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore. The movie evokes the magic of motion pictures, in a style both nostalgic and poetic. It takes place in small Sicilian villages in the years before television, where motion pictures were a social event, and the people who gathered for them knew each other by name. If you would like to explore the villages showed in the movie, do not desperate looking for GIANCALDO because this village does not exist. Giancaldo is just the mountain placed close to Bagheria, the native village of Tornatore. The Sicilian villages important for the movie are  located in Palermo province such as: Bagheria, Castelbuono (in the middle of the Madonie Nature Park), Lascari Scalo, Chiusa Sclafani, Palazzo Adriano, Santa Flavia, San Nicola L'Arena, Termini Imerese. A lot of them are off the beaten track and for sure the most evocative of the movie is for sure Palazzo Adriano. Is like a must no miss.


Baarža [Ask Us to Customize ]
Mr Tornatore & BaaržaThe film, by Tornatore,  was shot in both Bagheria, in the province of Palermo, and in an old neighborhood of Tunis, Tunisia; the latter location used because it could better depict what Bagheria looked like in the early 20th century. The title of the film, Baarža, is the actually Sicilian slang for Bagheria where Tornatore was born. The film recounts life in the Sicilian town of Baarža, from the 1920s to the 1980s, through the eyes of lovers Peppino (Francesco Scianna) and Mannina (Margareth MadŤ). A Sicilian family depicted across three generations: from Cicco to his son Peppino to his grandson Pietro. The film evokes the loves, dreams and disappointments of an entire community in the province of Palermo over five decades: during the Fascist period, Cicco is a humble shepherd who, however, finds time to pursue his passion: books, epic poems, the great popular romance novels. In the days when people go hungry and during World War II, his son Peppino witnesses injustice by mafiosi and landowners, and becomes a communist. After the war, he encounters the woman of his life. Her family opposes the relationship because of his political ideas, but the two insist and get married, and have children. The film has two versions, the original in the local Baariotu --one of the Sicilian dialect-- (LOL with Italian and English subtitles); the second dubbed in Italian.

Commissario Montalbano (Detective Montalbano) [Ask Us to Customize ]
Detective Salvo Montalbano (played by Luca Zingaretti actor) is a fictional character created by Italian writer Andrea Camilleri in a series of novels and short stories. Set in the picturesque Sicilian town of Vigŗta (modeled after Ragusa Ibla, viewPorto Empedocle, Camilleri's home town), the fractious detective's character and manner encapsulate much of Sicilian mythology - brooding philosophy, whip smart dialogue, rugged beauty, superb food - and astute detective work. The original books are written in a curious mix of Italian, strict Sicilian slang, and a Sicilianized Italian. The name Montalbano is an homage to the Spanish writer Manuel VŠzquez MontalbŠn; the similarities between MontalbŠn's Pepe Carvalho and Camilleri's fictional detective are remarkable. Both writers make great play of their protagonists' gastronomic preferences. Inspector Montalbano lives and works in the fictional town of "Vigŗta", in the equally fictional district of "Montelusa". Camilleri based Vigata on his home town of Porto Empedocle, on Sicily's south-west coast, while Montelusa, the district headquarters, is based on Agrigento. However the dramatizations of the Montalbano stories were mainly filmed at Ragusa, while the seaside and harbor locations were at Punta Secca, Scoglitti and Licata.

 

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