Excursion - Savoca - Forza d'Agrò - Il Padrino - Godfather - Francis Ford Coppola - Al Pacino
Savoca, , a town built on the top of a rocky hill, is parte of the Valle D’Agrò touristic itinerary and since 2008 is part of “The most beautiful towns in Italy”. A medieval town with agriculture as it’s main economy, but tourism now plays an important role. It’s territory has also renaissance and baroque origins. Apart from the naturalistic beauty the is also a famous crypt, in which are kept many mummified bodies, mainly of the most important people of the town dating back to the XVIII and XIX century. Savoca is also famous for being chosen as a location for various films, the most famous being “The Godfather” by Francis Ford Coppola in 1972, and in 2007 for “La Vita Rubata”(The stolen life) an Italian TV movie based on a true story about the local mafia.
Forza d'Agrò, another medieval town built a rocky hilltop 420m above sea level. A natural balcony which overlooks the whole coastline, Taormina, the bay of Giardini Naxos, Mount Etna, and as far as the coastline of Calabria, are just some views which can be admired from here. The main monuments are the Cathedral of the Annunciation (XVI century), THE Agostinian convent , the Holy Trinity Church, and the ruins of a Norman castle (XIV century). Forza D’Agrò along with Savoca was also a location for “The Godfather” with numerous scenes being filmed here.