The village of Savoca is situated on the coast of north-east Sicily between Messina and Taormina.
The village of Savoca is in an attractive hillside setting. A ruined castle - Castello di Pentefur - stands above the village. Savaco itself contains numerous small churches, of which 'Chiesa di Santa Maria in Cielo Assunta' is the most important, see also the Church of San Michel.
There are two particular attractions to detain you after you have ambled around the streets:
- The Bar Vitelli, an attractive building called Palazzo Trimarchi with a balcony and bedecked with plants, featured in Francis Ford Coppola's famous film 'The Godfather'
- The Cappuccini Monastery features an impressive collection of 32 ancient mummified monks - some intact some not - in their catacombs, dating from the 18th century
Savoca is one of seven beautiful Sicily villages (i.e. listed as 'most beautiful villages of Italy)'