The Godfather in Savoca, Sicily

Good morning! We have reached the port in Taormina, Sicily and what a day we have planned! Today it is all about the Godfather! First, we are going to the tiny village of Savoca, (population less than two thousand) and Vitelli’s Bar, where Micheal asked permission to marry Appollonia, in the movie, Godfather II. And, then we’ll be visiting the church where they were married and on and on! It’s going to be All Godfather for the next couple of posts…………so stay tuned! It looks like it’s going to be another day all up hill, so let’s get going! Before we get off the boat here’s a good look of Mt Etna! No, it’s not erupting, but the cloud right there makes it look like it is!

Taormina, Sicily

The hillside looks awfully desolate, doesn’t it?

Taormina, Sicily

Once on shore we can look back and see the ship……..

Taormina, Sicily

Just like many passengers before us did…….

Taormina, Sicily

Walking along the shore to get to our awaiting buses the scenery is just captivating…… I think I could wake up to this each morning, how about you?

Taormina, Sicily
Taormina, Sicily
Taormina, Sicily
Taormina, Sicily

Ok, now we’re on the bus and headed up!

Taormina, Sicily

and up………..

Savoca, Sicily

and up…….the road is very narrow and curvy.  Thank goodness no one was coming down the mountain at this time a day!

Savoca, Sicily
Savoca, Sicily
Savoca, Sicily

Finally, we reached Savoca!

Savoca, Sicily

Quite festive here with the Italian flags waving in the breeze! The iron works remind me of Christmas decorations, but it is August, so maybe they are left up year round…… It does give the village a festive feel…….

Savoca, Sicily
Savoca, Sicily

They are all over this tiny hilltop town!

Savoca, Sicily
Savoca, Sicily

One of the famous sets in Godfather II was the Bar Vitelli, where Micheal sat outside with his bodyguards and asked Appollonia’s father for permission to marry her…….remember that scene? Well, here is Bar Vitelli, which is actually housed inside the eighteenth century Palazzo Trimarchi.

Savoca, Sicily

and inside all the greenery it looks like this………..

Savoca, Sicily

very busy spot……..

Savoca, Sicily

There are photos inside of that very famous scene……….

Savoca, Sicily

and the goodies served in the bar look like this……..

Savoca, Sicily

I must look around at all the mementos………….

Savoca, Sicily
Savoca, Sicily
Savoca, Sicily

But, the bar’s specialty is the lemon drink called the granita ca’ zzuccarata, because the drink is served with a locally prepared biscuit with sesame seeds. Well, I must have one of those to keep my energy up, because I do believe we are headed up the steep hill to the famous church, St Nicolo/ St Lucia, where Micheal and Appollonia were married! See you there!

Savoca, Sicily

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Delightful! But I’m surprised that there is no port. Shoreline too rocky?

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    1. Probably or there may be a port farther away from what our itinerary was! They try to get us a close as possible so the tenders don’t have to go so far!

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  2. Just figured out that this pen-and-ink drawing is of the original Vitelli. Charming in its original 18th-century setting.

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  3. Antoinette Truglio Martin says:

    Now that is a bucket list trip for me. Thank you!

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  4. March Picker says:

    Absolutely wonderful!

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