I have already written in a previous post that ‘When in Sicily do as the Sicilians do…’. (I wrote about our Sicilian cooking class here). The first thing that comes to everyone’s mind about Sicily is the Mafia, then Corleone, then the Godfather movies. You can visit near Taormina 2 iconic spots connected to this famous movie and imagine to be a bit ‘Sicilian’.
I spent a whole summer some years ago in Sicily Taormina/Giardini Naxos and one afternoon our whole team went on a team jolly to see the Godfather movie spots. The difference between my feedback about this tour and the many others’ is that that I saw the Godfather, I agree the actors were amazing, it is a classic, but I hardly remember much of it. I am not a fan of this movie, but I found the villages charming 🙂
Now I know where some scenes were filmed, in the Sicilian villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agro outside Taormina. I read that Corleone was even in the 1970s too developed to film there that is why the directors chose these 2 villages. What scene was filmed in which area(s) of the town(s) I wouldn’t like to copy and paste from another articles.
The most famous spot in Savoca is the Bar Vitelli. It is in a 200-year-old building and inside are the Godfather movie relics and souvenirs.
In front of the Bar Vitelli is a modern sculpture of the director Francis Ford Coppola. There is also a wedding church from the movie here.
The Capuchin monastery is a few hundred metres away where, until the end of the 19th century, the town’s most important people were mummified. Now there are about 30 mummies in glass coffins. It is nothing comparing to the Capuchin Monastery in Palermo with the hundreds of mummies, but it has a nice atmosphere.
The sleepy streets in Forza d’Agro were also something I will remember. Balconies overlooking the streets, flowers at the balconies, narrow streets, small restaurants with Italian pasta and a lot of steps everywhere.
If you have already seen almost everything for example at Taormina/Giardini Naxos the Amphitheatre, the Etna, Siracusa that is built on an ancient Greek settlement, Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples, the Aeolian Islands (Lipari & Vulcano and Stromboli & Panarea), Palermo, the capital of Sicily then you can go to visit the Gadfather’s villages too.