Sicily is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean. It is separated from mainland Italy by a close connection. The island is washed by the waters of the three seas and is surrounded by smaller islands on all sides. The mild climate, stunning nature, ancient architecture, and unforgettable local cuisines attract travelers from all over the world to Sicily. There are many places on the map of the island that are worth visiting after visiting here.
Savoca is one of the most beautiful places in Italy. It is a charming destination in the province of Messina in Sicily, which hides many historical and cultural attractions on a hill surrounded by greenery and dotted with olive trees. For centuries, Savoca was under the influence of the Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and Normans, so it is not surprising that today the remains of various buildings can be found in it – from castles to medieval churches. If you are here, be sure to visit the castle of Pentefur, and also the Capuchin crypt in the historic center, which houses 37 mummies.
Most visitors will also head to the Vitelli Bar – which Francis Ford Coppola used as a backdrop to film the legendary Godfather. Specifically, this is where Michael Corleone met his future girlfriend.
When “The Godfather” arrived in world cinemas in the early 1970s, Savoca became a popular destination among film lovers. Tourists do not flock to Savoca today, nor will you find long lines here to explore the main attractions.
Instead, visitors will be delighted by the calmer and more relaxed atmosphere without much hustle and bustle. Admire the charming cottages with orange roofs, enjoy the natural beauty and the stunning views of the Ionian Sea and be sure to try the local specialties.
The beauty of small places like Savoca lies in their old tradition and customs. One of the ways to witness the culture of this place is to celebrate the protection of the city of St. Lucia which is held every other week in August.