The Movie Set of Forza d’Agro, Sicily

We’re climbing higher up the mountain in Southern Sicily, to view a Norman Castle, where the people sought shelter on higher and higher ground to escape plunderers. The castle and fort overlooks the village of Forza d’Agro.  So, leaving the port at Taormina, let’s go!

Taormina, Sicily

a castle here, a castle there…….

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

Let’s look at some of the sites going up the mountain. There’s another fortress on the horizon…….

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

and another look at it from higher up…….

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

and from this view……….

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

The road takes us in tunnels burrowed through the mountain………….

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

Here, you can see how the road curves up the mountain……….higher and higher.

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

Forza d’Agro, between sky and the sea……………that’s for sure!  The inner core of this village has remained unchanged over the years and for this reason it has been used as the backdrop in a number of films, including the Godfather trilogy. Today, it seems we are the only ones here and ………..it is very remote!

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

This is the newish side of Forza d’Argo and the main road to the village……… There are no cars inside the village because it is too small and the streets are just walkways, so we’ll leave the bus here and walk the rest of the way up.

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

As we walked to our destination we entered a beautiful park………with a restaurant that served pizza

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

and this is the walkway around the park…….awesome!

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

A slice of the Garden of Eden up here!

Forza d’Agro, Sicily
Forza d’Agro, Sicily

Walking through the neighborhood of  the newer homes……

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

were gardens and walls………

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

You can see where the old architecture has been mingled with the new………

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

before we climbed higher to the church……….

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

Ahhhhh, I’m getting there!

Forza d’Agro, Sicily
Forza d’Argo, Sicily

I made it! It looks like this may have been a pagan temple before there was a church built here. See the columns?

Forza d’Agro, Sicily
Forza d’Agro, Sicily

and looking back from where we came from…….

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

out over the village…….

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

we see the fortress on the ridge above us…….which is now a cemetery!

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

Now, let’s look at some of the pathways that are used for the movie sets….let’s go this way……..

,Forza d’Agro Sicily

Wow, this looks interesting! The old passageways were used in the scenes of the Godfather films to portray the village of Corleone, where the Godfather family originally came from. They were filmed off and on and used in several of the movies.

Forza d’Agro, Sicily
Forza d’Agro, Sicily
Forza d’Argo, Sicily
Forza d’Argo, Sicily

It looks like some folks are moving into the neighborhood……and sprucing it up……..

Forza d’Argo, Sicily

Are these buildings getting an update or are they being restored to keep their old world charm for the movie sets? It’s hard to tell!

Forza d’Argo, Sicily

More of the village when I show the Thursday Doors ………but it’s time to leave……..

Forza d’Agro, Sicily

and we’re going back down the curvy road……

Forza d’Agro, Sicily
Forza d’Agro, Sicily

One last look at the sunflowers……I keep wondering where all the movie actors, staff and personnel would stay while making a movie in Forza d’Argo. There didn’t appear to be any hotels or anything here and I can’t imagine going up and down that mountain everyday! Just a thought! See you next with the Forza d’Argo Doors!

Forza d’Argo, Sicily

5 Comments Add yours

  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    What a fascinating village and obviously an enjoyable day out. Your posts shine with such enthusiasm and engender in readers a desire to visit the places you have seen.

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    1. Oh wow! Our Mediterranean Cruise is finally coming to an end (on paper) just one more stop in Italy! It’s a good thing cause we’re gearing up for our next adventure!

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  2. Gorgeous views, but . . . is that an asthma attack building up? Whew! I’m grateful you did all that climbing for me.

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    1. Ha ha! I got used to steps and hills on this trip!

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  3. Joni says:

    That was beautiful, but not for me…I don’t like heights!

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