Savoca is a little one village of less than 2,000 inhabitants made famous by the film “The Godfather” . Its name comes from “savucu”, translated “elder” a fragrant plant very present here, together with citrus groves, vineyards and pine forests. The first real urban settlement dates back to the Norman era in 1134 , a time when a castle / fortress was built, whose walls are visible today (The castle is not open to the public for the moment). Let us now find out what to see in Savoca.
Tip from Topsecretsicily: If you wish here you can book the Godfather guided tour and retrace the exploits of Michael Corleone.
1. The historic center
Savoca should be toured with a lot of tranquility on foot to discover its beauties. Not to be missed the church of San Nicolò (13th century), built on a rocky outcrop, where the marriage between Michael Corleone and Appollonia and that of San Micheal (13th century). In the main square there is also the Trimarchi Palace , dating back to 1773 which houses the Vitelli bar , both places where other scenes of the Godfather were filmed. Also worth a visit is the Capuchin convent, built in 1574 which houses the catacombs, mummified bodies of Savocese nobles, still wearing the clothes of the time.
1.1 Top Secret Council
Percorri via Pentifurri per ritrovarti in una stradina con una vista magnifica all’ombra di una foresta di fichi d’india. Inoltre a settembre è consigliato andare in via Pineta accanto alla caserma della forestale e percorrere il piccolo sentiero nel bosco. In questo mese infatti il sottobosco si trasforma in un tappeto di grandi fiori profumatissimi.
2. Sicily in miniature
Farther away from the historic center is the “Kontiland, artistic Sicily in miniature”. These are 1:40 scale reproductions of some of the main monuments in Sicily, faithfully reconstructed by a local artist. A very original idea, the result of many years of work. The works are exhibited outdoors, in a beautiful itinerary in the middle of nature and there is also a restaurant where you can eat good homemade food. Hours: Tue-Sun from 9 to 17. Ticket: 5 Euros.
3. Donkey walk
This is certainly the most original thing you can do in Savoca. In fact, you have the opportunity to tour the village and the pine forest, with an authorized guide in the company of the cute little dog Molly and the donkeys Peppino, Gina, Caterina and Dante. Donkeys saved from slaughter by this entrepreneur, who also decided to invent an original job to keep them. Today, in fact, thanks to their help, it offers tourists an alternative and original experience. Even though donkeys are strong animals (They carry up to 20% of their weight) and are treated like children by their owner, you don’t have to ride them all the time, you can also just walk with them. The short tour lasts 4 hours and costs 70 euros per person, while the long one lasts 5 hours (you spend more time in the pine forest) and costs 90 euros.
Picture of The Godfather Donkey Trekking Tour
Where to eat in Savoca
Two recommended places are the Osteria del Borgo, where to eat good traditional dishes and Il Sambuco Pane Condito. In the latter you can try one of the local specialties, the famous pani cunzatu “seasoned bread”.
Activities loved by tourists in the surrounding area or in Sicily in general
Interactive map of Savoca – Points of interest in purple
To locate yourself once in the area, click on the enlarge symbol at the top right of the map.
Typical products of Savoca
The typical products and dishes of Savoca are baked mutton meat, cunzato bread and cuzzola a freshly fried pasta then roasted on charcoal. As for the desserts, try the granita ca ‘zzuccarata, that is the classic lime granita but served with a local biscuit, the zuccarata, crunchy and seasoned with celery seeds.
What to see in the surroundings
Savoca is located in the province of Messina. Here you will find listed the places to visit in Messina and surroundings .