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Head to sunny Malta. Eternal meeting point between East and West, Africa and Europe, this small archipelago offers huge variety of attractions. You’ll find prehistoric temples, stunning cliffs, pristine beaches, thrilling scuba diving and a history of remarkable intensity. To find out more, go to Destination Fly4free: Malta.
If you look at one of the brightly painted Maltese fishing boats, you will be sure to notice a pair of eyes carved or painted on the front. This traditional boat, called luzzu, is usually brightly decorated in shades of yellow, red, green and blue. Luzzus have existed since the ancient times. The eyes on the bow, originating from the time of the Phoenicans, are sometimes referred to as the Eye of Horus or of Osiris. They are said to protect the fishermen while at sea.
These colourful boats can be spotted at Marsaxlokk Harbour. The fishing village of Marsaxlokk is also known for one of the most popular markets in Malta, where locals buy fresh fish and seafood caught during the same morning. Originally a fish market, it has developed, and now it also sells local products like honey, fruit jams, wine, souvenirs and clothes. The biggest market is held on Sundays, from early morning until around 12:30. Arriving early is recommended.
From Malta you will fly to Sicily! Warm weather, astonishing beaches, ancient ruins and great food – that is what you will find in the largest of the Italian islands. This suggestive island, in the past crossed and ruled by many civilizations, can praise a huge historic and cultural patrimony summed to an incredible amount of natural attractions! Visit Destination Fly4free: Sicily >> to find out more.
"The Godfather" filming locations
Looking for fun things to do in Sicily? Follow in the footsteps of the Godfather! The island is the ancestral home of the notorious Corleone family at the heart of Coppola's saga, adapted from the novel by Mario Puzo. Corleone, a town located around 57 km from Palermo, was too developed even in the early 70s to be used for filming, so more traditional and unspoiled villages were used for shooting scenes instead. In Savoca, a village near Taormina, you'll find Bar Vitelli and Chiesa di Santa Lucia (the church Michael was married in).
Forza d'Agro is a small village that appears in the movie when Michael goes to Corleone for the first time; and in "The Godfather 2", in the scene when the nine-year-old Vito escapes to America hidden in a basket. Castello Degli Schiavi in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia was the location of Don Tommasino's villa (car blown up scene) and Giardini Naxos was the setting of Baghiera train station, at which Vito arrives when he returns to Sicily in the third part of saga. The opera sequence was filmed in Teatro Massimo in Palermo.
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Routing and travel dates:
London – Faro: Jan 16th
Faro – Seville: Jan 18th or 19th (or any other day you prefere, by bus)
Seville – Malta: Jan 23th
Malta – Catania: Jan 26th
Palermo – London: Jan 30th
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