A painting of Bar Vitelli in Savoca, Sicily


In the 1972 film ‘The Godfather’, Bar Vitelli in Savoca, Sicily was the location where Michael Corleone brokered the marriage deal with the father of his future wife Apollonia.

Sadly Michael’s love was doomed as some of the finest loves are. But that was for later.

The two ‘Goodfellas’ out front with the sawn off shotguns are my own invention. They don’t have them these days.

The Mafia would never allow it.

A painting of the Church of San Nicolò

A painting of St Nicolo Church in Savoca sicily

This is the church of St Nicolo in the ancient town of Savoca, Sicily. it was used as a location in the film The Godfather for the ill-fated marriage of Michael Coleone to his first wife Apollonia.

The marriage lasted only a few months before the poor lamb got herself accidentally ‘whacked’.

Michael’s life would never be an easy one. Such is the pursuit of power.

St Nicolòs’ sits precariously on an outcrop of basalt that overlooks the Ionian Sea with the Umbrian coast of Italy on the far horizon. It’s all rather stunning.

A painting of Castelmola

painting of Castelmona Sicily

If you live in a place like this you must never try to walk home drunk. It will be the last anyone sees of you.

This is the mountain top town of Castelmola, Sicily. First built as a fortress by Byzantines, and later served time as a prison. No surprises there.

People say that Pilton where I live is pretty remote though Castelmola takes it to a whole other level. It even has its own weather conditions.

Sicily in conclusion

Sicily is pretty easy going all in all. Mount Etna was quiet and just puffed noiselessly away on the far horizon. The people were generally friendly, though not so friendly that they looked like fakes. If a Sicilian doesn’t like you then you would know about it right away.

The villages and landscape were of course stunning. I get the feeling much effort has been made to keep things quintessentially Sicilian. A tricky thing to do in this ever changing world.

See part one of my Sicillian Painting tour





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