The intriguing and timeless beauty of Castello degli Schiavi is such a perfect setting that it has been featured in films. Most famously, it was used for the wedding scene of Michael Corleone in The Godfather, but also for scenes in Godfather II.

The entrance is an arched grand portal. The villa and courtyard still show off the rural Sicilian Baroque style from the 1700s when the castle was constructed. It is now a popular place for weddings and events.

The castle is privately own by a baron family but open for tours when arranged through local guides, like Taxi Taormina.

The Castello degli Schiavi is located below Piedimonte Etneo at Fiumifreddo Sicilia, a couple of kilometers from the sea. It is in reach of Sant'Alfio and Taormina, and considered a must see for fans of the Godfather films.

(Photo cred: Andrej Antipin [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

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Address in Piedimonte Etneo:

Via Badala', 63 Fiumifreddo.