Savoca, medieval town perched on a rocky hill, is part of the tourist district of the Agrò Valley and since 2008 it has been included in the list of the most beautiful rural towns in Italy. This medieval town has a mainly agricultural economy but it is now turning to cultural tourism. It also preserves ancient medieval, Renaissance and baroque remains. Its fame resides in a crypt where the embalmed bodies of some noblemen of the town dating back to the 18th and 19th century are preserved and exhibited, and because it was chosen as setting for the famous film The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola in 1972. Forza d’Agrò is part of the tourist district of the Agrò Valley, too and is perched on a hillcrest 420 metres above sea level. As a balcony on the Jonic sea, from its belvedere it is possible to enjoy a wonderful view of the coast, with Taormina and Castelmola, Giardini-Naxos bay and the impressive majesty of the volcan Etna. The most significant monuments are the Mother Church, dedicated to Santissima Annunziata (16th century), the Augustinian convent, the Church of the Holy Trinity and the ruins of the Norman castle (14th century). In 1971 Forza d’Agrò city centre (together with Savoca) was chosen by Francis Ford Coppola to set several scenes of the film The Godfather.
Duration: full day (8 hours)
Level of difficulty: medium