History and cinema: things to see in Sicily you can’t miss!
Anyone who comes on holiday in the eastern part of Sicily should visit the village of Savoca, a small medieval village a few kilometers away from Taormina. It is really one of the best things to see in Sicily!
This small village owes its fame above all to the film “Il Padrino” which has transformed the “Bar Vitelli” into a very famous place: it is located at the entrance of the village and has been transformed for a half into a museum where you can admire ancient objects and where you can enjoy a delicious lemon granita.
Related to the film is also the church of S. Nicolò where the scenes of the wedding between the two main characters were filmed.
The town is also known for the seventeen mummies kept in the crypt of the Capuchin convent, founded in 1574 in an area that was, however, subject to frequent landslides: for this reason it was decided to build one closer to the town. The church attached to the majestic building of the convent, is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi and contains various works of great artistic and historical value. The Capuchin crypt Built at the beginning of the 17th century in the basement of the church contains mummified corpses.
How to get to Savoca
If you arrive by car just follow these directions:
-from Catania: Highway A18 exit at Taormina nord; continue for Letojanni, S. Alessio Siculo and up to S. Teresa di Riva. Crossroads for Savoca.
-from Messina: Highway A18 exit at Roccalumera; continue for Furci Siculo and S. Teresa di Riva. Crossroads for Savoca.
You can also reach savoca by train or bus, but if you want to reach it without stress and perhaps accompanied by a guide who knows the area that can also give you information about the place book a transfer with us and travel without worries. Sicily day by day will be happy to arrange this service for you!