Welcome to Savoca
Hidden away in the hills above Santa Teresa di Riva, Savoca is a tiny village with Hollywood credentials. Francis Ford Coppola filmed part of The Godfather here, the village standing in for Corleone. One of the locations used was Bar Vitelli, a rickety bar near the village entrance. It was here that a love-struck Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) asks the wrong man about Apollonia Vitelli, the beautiful woman who had caught his eye. Order a granita (with a side of biscotti for dipping) and devour it on the bar's front patio. From here you can see the 14th-century Chiesa di Santa Lucia, where Michael marries Apollonia.
With its gated walls, rustic stone cottages and haunting churches, the village seems unchanged since medieval times.