The city of The Godfather
A balcony over the Ionian Sea, suspended in time. Forza d’Agrò dominates the coast of the province of Messina from an altitude of 420 metres. You can admire the profile of Mount Etna, the blue sea, and the olive and almond groves surrounding the village. American director Francis Ford Coppola chose this picturesque landscape as the location for stunning film The Godfather.
You can breathe in the traditional atmosphere of an area that has fostered thousand-year-old traditions and hosted heroic peoples, from the Greeks and Romans to the Normans and Bourbons. In the maze of winding alleyways in the historic centre, you can admire the grandeur of the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata. Don’t miss the Castello Argano castle and the Arco Durazzesco, which leads to a square that offers magical views of the Bay of Taormina.
If you visit Forza d’Agrò during the Christmas holidays, in the ancient hamlet of Quartarello you can see the Living Nativity Scene, with around 100 characters, while sampling typical local products. In the last week of October, chocolate is the star of the CioccolArt Sicily exhibition.