Excursion into maffia country
Savoca is a village, beautifully situated about 4 km inland between Taormina and Messina. The village was used in The Godfather as the setting of Michael Corleone's wedding to Apollonia. In the picture is Bar Vitelli, also used in the film. You can still sit there and have a drink while taking in the peacefull village life.
The fountain, the city's emblem deserves more detail:
There are three steps as its base andon each of the fountain's four sides there are columns supporting basins; mythological ponies overlook the basins and fountain water flows out of their mouths - makes for photogenic subjects.
The eastern base of this large fountain contains a 4th basin, no longer used as it was a watering-place for animals. A smaller octagonal basin in the middie of the fountain base with four putti resting on it; on the east side, two of these putti hold two smaller putti each, forming the base of an octagonal basin decorated with three seals showing their heads and tails.
Three mythological characters - Tritons stand with their arms crossed over their heads so as to support another basin decorated in low-relief; a round base inside this basin holds a basket of fruit on the top of which stands Taormina's coat-of-arms. The city's coat-of-arms normally depicts a male centaur but this one was turned into a female centaur.