Our tour will start by picking you up from your location, A delightful half-day trip to the fascinating catacombs of the Cappuccini convent in Savoca and Bar Vitelli - used in the shooting of the " Godfather " in 1971. Then a scenic drive to Forza d'Agrò. Includes a walking tour through the peaceful streets, churches and cathedrals.
Although no one knows why the Penterfur settled right
here, instead it is known that Savoca owes its name to the presence of elder
trees, in Greek Sabuka, hence the dialect term, still used today, Sauche.
“Modern” Savoca developed, starting from about 1134, around the Pentefur Rock,
named after its ancient inhabitants, whose existence is still alluded to in the
quarter of the little town which continues to be called Pentifurri.
For a long
time Savoca was a castle town with walls round it with two gates in them, one
of which is extant. It has a great many churches, but unfortunately, due to the
1880 landslide, it lost the monumental one dedicated to St. Lucy.
there are still a great many major architectonic works like the cathedral
church, Santa Maria in Cielo Assunta, San Michele, with sixteenth-century
portals in sandstone, and San Nicolò, more similar to a fortress than a church;
there are also the ruins of the Pentefur and many other things.
Forza d’ Agrò
Anyone coming to Forza d’Agrò gets a surprise. And
what surprises one first (and we know this from direct testimony) is the
landscape: its panoramas are even more beautiful than those of Taormina.
can say more than that? But we do know from direct testimony that its panoramas
are even more beautiful than those of Taormina, which is really saying
something! There are so many things to see, starting from the churches, like
San Michele Arcangelo, San Sebastiano, Sant’Antonio and Maria Bambina of which
only a few traces remain.
The Cathedral is an imposing one, dedicated to Maria
Annunziata Assunta, built in the fifteenth century and rebuilt after the 1648
earthquake, and has works showing refined facture like the Santissimo
Crocifisso wooden cross from the 12th century (celebrations on 14
September), and also a Baroque façade in which there is set a portal entirely
done in sandstone.
Also from the 13th century is the Durazzesco Arch and the Santissima Trinità and San Francesco churches.
You can personalize your own tour by choosing different destinations, your own timetable and the accompany of a private guide.
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