The "Godfather" villages of Savoca
and Forza D'Agro': "An offer you just might not be able to refuse!"
hasn't seen the "Godfather" movies, really should do so before coming to Sicily and visiting
these charming locations. Francis Ford Coppola filmed the Sicilian
scenes of his movies in these two authentic villages a short
drive from Taormina, which still today are completely untouched and
retain their original medievel charm.
Built on rocky hilltops
high above the sea, the two villages are a hidden piece of Sicily
which definitely can be a great location for your wedding ceremony
or reception banquet.
Savoca was the location for the scenes set
in Corleone, S. Nicolo' Church (also called S. Lucia Church) was
chosen for Michael and Apollonia's wedding and Bar Vitelli, which is
still a functioning establishment, was featured in the motion
picture as the place where Michael Corleone asked Apollonia's father
to meet his daughter.
This has made tiny Savoca an international
tourist destination, but its smallness and remoteness precludes it
from being overwhelmed.
Forza d'Agrò is on the lower peak of a
small mountain, while on the higher peak that overlooks the town are
the remains of a Norman castle.
Much of the town consists of
traditional buildings and stone paved lanes that are impassable by
car. The perfect setting for the "Godfather" movies!