About Sopranos Sites Tour – On Location Tours
Do you still get agita thinking of the final scene of HBO’s The Sopranos? Find yourself craving Carmella’s baked ziti? Wish you could get Paulie Walnuts to make a problem disappear, or talk shop with Tony over at The Bada Bing? Whether you’re looking to become a “made man” or just want to get closer to the show that made being bad so, so good, any capo would give his blessing to you getting in on the Sopranos Sites bus tour from On Location Tours.
Sopranos Sites is an interstate journey covering some of the most iconic sites featured in the hit television series The Sopranos, which debuted on HBO in 1999 and ran for six seasons. The show starred James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, a New Jersey mob boss juggling the family “business” with his actual family life. Unrelenting and unapologetic in its depiction of modern crime and depravity, The Sopranos series stripped away the tommy-gun bootlegger mob stereotype and gave audiences a villain far more terrifying than anything out of Scarface: Tony, who could easily have been the overweight guy sitting next to you in your Dentist’s office. The critically-acclaimed series won twenty-one Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes, turning stars Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Lorraine Bracco, Steve Van Zandt, Vincent Pastore and Tony Sircio into the most beloved batch of baddies since The Godfather.
The tour kicks off with a commute Tony Soprano knew all too well – a trip from Midtown Manhattan through the Lincoln Tunnel and into the industrial neighborhoods of Northern New Jersey. Participants may feel they are living the opening credits for the show; the show’s theme song, Alabama 3’s “Woke Up this Morning,” plays as the bus passes numerous landmarks featured in the show’s opening sequence, including the Pulaski Skyway, the Pizzaland pizzeria, the New Jersey Turnpike and the bearded Mr Bill statue, as well as a breathtaking view of the New York skyline from the opposite side of the Hudson River. This New Jersey odyssey also brings you to familiar show sites like Hudson County Prison, AJ’s high school, Carmella’s church, Carmine’s Funeral Home, Barone Sanitation (Tony’s business), Big Pussy’s auto body shop, the cemetery where Livia was buried and many more.
Mob bosses and comares taking this tour should dress comfortably. Sopranos Sites makes several stops along the way, including The Skyway Diner, where Christopher got shot, the Irish-American club where the FBI raided Big Pussy’s pool game and the site of the fictional Satriale’s Pork Store. Passengers will be thrilled with a lengthy stop at Holsten’s, site of the famous last scene of the series, where fans are provided a complimentary serving of onion rings and given the chance to take a picture at the table where the immediate Soprano Family last sat. During the Holsten’s stop, guests can also purchase ice cream, candy, burgers, fries and sandwiches to enjoy during the rest of the trip. The tour’s final stop is gentlemen’s club Satin Dolls, better known to show fans as The Bada Bing, the strip club where Tony’s extended mob family frequently met to do business. Alcohol is available for purchase at this appropriately seedy finale, but only to those Soprano fans aged 21 or older.
Did you know?
The Sopranos has consistently ranked on lists of the Top Television Shows of All Time, including those published by TV Guide and Empire Magazine.
The show was the first cable television series to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.
Concerned that new viewers would think the show was about music, HBO put a gun in the title logo to be sure that the she series was branded as a mob drama. It worked.
Approximately four hours
Sopranos Sites has enough sights, sounds, tastes, tales and trivia to bring the picture on screen into vivid reality for fans of The Sopranos. Lovers of mob mythology and flicks like The Godfather or Goodfellas will get a lot out of this trip to Jersey as well. A half-dozen of The Sopranos cast members appeared in those iconic films, and the industrial borders of New Jersey that you will visit have a real-life legacy of illicit activity worth exploring. Television aficionados will also relish this trek through one of the greatest dramas in boob-tube history. Travelers looking to get a glimpse of The Garden State should be aware that Sopranos Sites is not for garden variety sight-seeing – this is not the New Jersey you want to see, or the New Jersey that natives want you to see.
Tour participants should note that riders must be 18 or older.
Good for kids?
In a word: No. Tony Soprano used the F-word more than 1,000 times over the show’s six seasons, and clips played throughout the tour reflect that. Moreover, the trip ends at a real-life, functioning strip-club, complete with alcohol service and scantily clad ladies on the poles.
Sopranos Site Location Information:
7th Ave. and 39th St.
New York, NY 10018
Starts: 7th Ave. and 39th St.
Ends: 6th Ave. and 42nd St. (near the HBO Store)
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