Why you’ll love Savoca
…not only because Francis Ford Coppola chose Savoca as the location of “The Godfather” and here stayed also Al Pacino, but first of all, in the ancient village of Valley d’Agrò, came the Dominicans, Capuchins and Jesuits, sojourned the most important noble Sicilian families and was the center of an important Jewish community that built their synagogue …Get a look…
…telling the story…
Studious of the history of the nation indicate that during the romanesque period, among the coast that stands under Savoca, exactly where you can find today the village of Santa Teresa di Riva, it was founded Phoenix, city center of phoenician origin.
This place was the base of the battles between the armies of Sesto Pompeo and Ottaviano. Many centuries after because of continuous Saracen raids, the inhabitants of Phoenix thought it was useful relocate in a safer place, towards the hills above.
They chose the Pentefur hill (the Savoca of our days). Others scholars indicate the hill of Pentefur as the place of the Sacred Necropolis of Phoenix.
Was built then the Castle Pentefur and a district that has the same name and it is a part of the historical center.
About Pentefur exist a legend that justifies its name. It’s said that five thieves (five is “pente” in Greek and thieves is “fur” in Latin, so “Pentefur”) escaped from prisons of the ancient “Tauromoenion”, now called Taormina, and Pentefur became their hideout.
Then Arabs arrived, and called it “Kalat Zabut” (mountain of Sambuca, or savucu in Sicilian language from which the actual name Savoca derived).
Because of the strategic position of this place, Arabs built a new castle on the ruins of the ancient castle of Pentefur, still now called “Saracene castle”.
Others say that the King Ruggero II, around 1134, colonized Savoca and he called it Baronia.
Because of the prosperity of its lands and of its baronies in the surroundings, in the following centuries, Savoca was one of the most populated villages in the province of Messina.
Lot of churches were built for the Christian cult so Savoca was the seat of Archimandrite.
There was also a Jewish community which had an ancient synagogue.
…walking above myths artists, culture and nature…
Walking in Savoca, despite its little dimension, means walking inside an important piece of the Sicilian history.
The fact that in Savoca lived different monastic orders demonstrate how this place had the same importance as Taormina or Castelmola.
The same fact applies for the churches and palaces. Other evidence of remarkable entity is the crypt of the Cappuccini where are the mummies of the nobles that lived in Savoca.
Today, in this village there are many artists who are dedicated to the art of painting, of iron working and majolica decoration inherited by Phoenicians.
quest’ultima eredità dei fenici.
Also the greatest writer, Leonardo Sciascia sojourned in this beautiful village.
The ancient “Kalat Sabut” it was chosen as the location by Francis Ford Coppola for a few scenes of “ The Godfather saga” and for this reason is well known all over the world but was also chosen for an Italian movie “ La vita rubata”, produced by RAI, known after treating a social event that touched the soul of all the Italians.
For who loves the nature it is important the “Forest of Savoca” where is possible to do trekking following ancient paths.
…discovering the flavors…
Arriving to Savoca, and the same thing is valid also for Sicily, means to be prepared to an experience that involves heart, mind and the 5 senses …through the palate. Products and typical dishes, meat, cheese and fruit.
But Savoca is well known for two reasons: for the lemon granita served with the “ zuccarata”( typical biscuit with sesame) to be eaten at Bar Vitelli ( place where a few scenes from The Godfather saga were filmed);and the bread stuffed with pickled products and typical cheese of the area.
In any case…enjoy your meal!
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