The Godfather saga is a major part of film history. The movies directed by Francis Ford Coppola are a transfer of a Mario Puzo novel written in 1969, also titled “The Godfather.”
The movie was shot almost entirely in Saint Louis in America, as it was cheaper than New York even though in the series they make us believe them to be elsewhere, such as in Las Vegas.
Here I will tell you about the Godfather Sicilian shooting locations so that you can visit the places in Palermo and surroundings where Coppola’s masterpiece was filmed.
I will disappoint you straight away; the scenes shot in Corleone and Bagheria are in reality filmed in Motta Camastra and Forza d’Agro (near Messina), and in Savoca, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The train station where Michael and Kay meet in Godfather III is in Taormina.
According to Coppola, Corleone in the ’70s was already too modern for the movie and so he opted for other locations a little more “Sicilian.” In Godfather III, the home of Michael Corleone is the Castello degli Schiavi (Castle of Slaves) which is located in Fiumefreddo of Sicily, in the province of Catania, close to Etna volcano.
It is one of the most impressive castles of the region and is a great example of rural Sicilian Baroque. Michael and Apollonia met in Savoca, a village close to Messina, where the scenes of the bar and the marriage were filmed.
In Palermo, they shot two scenes of The Godfather III; in the Teatro Massimo where Michael’s son, Anthony, performed as an opera singer “Cavalleria Rusticana”, and on its staircase the tragic death of Mary, the favorite daughter. In Villa Malfitano other scenes of celebrations were filmed.