Are you a fan of The Sopranos planning a trip to New York City? On Location Tours offers a Sopranos Sites Bus Tour. The Sopranos tour begins at Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan. Our tour guide was Marc Baron, who appeared as an extra in a number of episodes of The Sopranos. (He claims he's always dying in episodes and that he was the character who didn't escape when Vesuvio Restaurant was burned down.)
As we drove through the Lincoln Tunnel on our way to see the New Jersey shooting locations, just like Tony Soprano does at the beginning of each episode, A3's "Woke Up This Morning" was played over the bus' intercom.
Most interior scenes in The Sopranos are filmed at Silvercup Studios in Queens, NY. Silvercup Studios is also where Sex & The City films interior scenes. Shooting locations for The Sopranos that you can see on the tour include AJ's high school, Satriale's, Big Pussy's auto repair shop, the Bada Bing, and the diner where Christopher was shot. According to our guide, the tour is not allowed to go to Tony Soprano's house because it is part of a gated community in North Caldwell, New Jersey, that does not welcome tour buses.
Marc had a great deal of knowledge about the cast of The Sopranos. He shared a lot of biographical information about each of the main actors, including James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Jennifer Melfi), Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano), and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano). Attention to detail was great; Frank Sinatra was often playing through the intercom when Marc wasn't talking. Marc shared some spoilers about the upcoming season--and was able to share lots of information about cast personalities. At the New Jersey pickup/drop off location, members of the tour could even meet Joe Gannascoli, who plays Vito Spatafore, who kills Jackie Jr. at the end of Season 3.
If you're interested in taking the tour on your next visit, it's $43.99 per person for the 3.5-hour tour, including a cannoli. You can book your tickets for The Sopranos Tour through Viator. A 20% discount is available for New York Pass holders.
If you'd like a glimpse at some of the shooting locations in The Sopranos, check out The Sopranos Sites Photo Gallery.