When we pulled up outside the hotel there was this old man (he says he's 38, but I think he's older, maybe 78) who opened the car door and said "what you wanna drink?" Turned out to be Vittoriano, the host - who less than 24 hours later is my new Sicilian Godfather - After the first drink he proceeds to introduce us to his son Francisco ("he's crazy") and the lovely Francesca ("she's the crazy one") who clearly runs the place; so now we are family. In truth the really crazy one is the incredible old man who after a lifetime in the commercial world moved to his mountaintop home and built a truly five star resort.
Vitti treats every guest as you would a dear friend in your home, his love for life is infectious, his love for people is incredible. Savoca is way up in the hills above Taormina, and the road up to it is … interesting; but I took heart in the fact that Francis Ford Coppolla shot some of The Godfather movie up there, so they must have gotten trucks full of gear up there. But the road is challenging, but be assured it's certainly well worth the trip.
The only negative ... The hangover I woke up with, after drinking the night away with my new Godfather!
Grazie Vitto, reste bene!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Savoca arroccata su una collina che domina il mare è tra i borghi più belli d'Italia e offre paesaggi mozzafiato, storia e cultura, infatti il regista F.F. Coppola la scelse per girare le scene de Il Padrino.. Il Resort Borgo San Rocco è un albergo diffuso e si integra perfettamente nel contesto medioevale di Savoca: forse per le vecchie abitazioni dei pescatori ristrutturate e trasformate in accoglienti camere d'Hotel o per il relax, la privacy, il buon cibo o per l'accoglienza speciale per i suoi ospiti. Suite, Junior Suite, Superior e camere familiari insieme alla bellissima piscina completano la sensazione di una magica atmosfera.Vittorio e Francesco e tutto lo staff vi aspettano per bere un ottimo bicchiere di vino siciliano e degustare le freschissime tentazioni del nostro Chef Francesco Tosto nella nostra terrazza dei pensieri... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Borgo San Rocco Resort Sicily/Savoca, Italy