Now, remember to keep an eye on my Sicily 2008 Flickr collection for *all* my photos from our recent trip (updated daily!); also click on any of the photos below to be taken to the larger version on Flickr, and note that some of the words in pink will take you to other photos not featured here.
As I’ve mentioned, Savoca (in the province of Messina) is probably most famous for providing scenery for Il Padrino, or The Godfather. In fact, if you’re looking to stay in Savoca, there’s even a bed & breakfast that bears the film’s name (see left).
Now you may be saying to yourself, “Self, wasn’t The Godfather set in Corleone?”
Well, yes, but through Hollywood magic, the quaint town of Savoca became the filming location for some scenes in the movie, as further explained by Cherrye, my travel companion, at My Bella Vita.
So instead of Corleone, you got to visit Savoca’s Bar Vitelli:
where Michael Corleone asks for Apollonia’s hand in marriage from her father.
The other major scene filmed in Savoca is the wedding of Michael and Apollonia, which takes place at the Chiesa di Santa Lucia or Chiesa di San Nicolò:
But wait! There’s so much more to see in the 12th century village of Savoca!
Come on in through the Porta della Città:
This impressive arch is all that remains of the medieval gates that used to lock up the village at night–until 1918.
We arrived in Savoca as the sun was going down in a light rain, which meant that there was next to no one around. This sentiment comes across so poetically in Italian as I later told P, “Non c’era un’anima.”
There wasn’t a soul.
And then I asked him, jokingly, if that was a coincidence, given the town’s notoriety as the setting for Il Padrino. Hah!
Here is a view overlooking the Chiesa Madre of Savoca:
Do you see the house that seems to be glowing on the left? It’s a “Casa medioevale con finestra a Bifora,” a medieval house with a peculiar style of window that gives “two lights” that is quite common in Sicily.
Savoca is also known as the Città d’Arte, the City of Art; this was represented in various forms of art throughout the village:
As well as plenty of religious representations such as this one above a door:
Savoca is well-worth a trip if you’re in the area (it’s 37 km from Messina), especially if you love medieval villages like I do.
And while The Godfather settings are must-sees, definitely leave time to walk around and really soak up the atmosphere of this hidden Sicilian treasure–all the better if you’re there on a clear day when some of the attractions are open.