Savoca and Forza d’Agrò are the famous locations chosen by the American director Francis Ford Coppola in 1971 to shoot the scenes of “The Godfather”, (The Godfather), considered a milestone in the history of cinema. The scenes that are set in Corleone in the film were shot in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, Graniti, Motta Camastra, and precisely Savoca and Forza d’Agrò.
But why did Coppola choose the two centers of the Valle d’Agrò to set the scenes of the film?
In 1971 the production and the troupe of ‘Il Padrino’ stayed in Taormina where they met Baron Gianni Pennisi, an affirmed painter who enjoyed great esteem also in the cinematographic circles. It was precisely the baron who pointed out to Francis Ford Coppola the characteristic villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agrò to shoot some scenes of the film.