Category Archives: Culture

Savoca and Forza D’Agrò Tour

Have you seen The Godfather movies yet? Many scenes throughout the epic trilogy were filmed in the Sicilian villages of Savoca and Forzà d’Agrò, that you can visit by booking an organised tour at reception or using public transport for the more intrepid.
I [staff member of Gianni House :))] travelled to Savoca recently, to taste delicious Granita Limone at Bar Vitelli, where some of the most memorable scenes from “The Godfather” were shot [*Michael Corleone asked Apollonia’s father to meet his daughter*]. It’s a must for Godfather fans!
Savoca village with it’s tiny streets is a pleasant place to hang out for the day and we highly recommend a visit to The Cappuccini Monastery which has an impressive collection of 32 ancient mummified monks, priests and advocates – some intact some not – in their catacombs, which date back to the 18th century.





Are you looking for the best possible experience in Sicily? Look no further! We are a few minutes walk from the nearest beach (which is free!), a few steps from the bus stop for buses to and from Taormina (15 minutes) and Catania (1 hour), and in close proximity to bakeries, supermarkets, nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Gianni House is situated between Taormina and the beach resort of Giardini Naxos, so our location means you can visit two towns for the price of one! Book now, and thank us later for a perfect hostel experience.











Sicily Participates In Italian Culture Week

Italian Culture Week is the most anticipated cultural event of the year, and Sicily is certainly not slack in its contribution – from April 16th to the 25th dozens of museums, galleries, archeological sites, government buildings, and places otherwise closed to the public all over the island will be open for visitors to enjoy a rare glimpse of certain monuments and get guided tours from experts. For more info, go to the following link and click on each individual province for schedules:

http://www.regione.sicilia.it/beniculturali/dirbenicult/areariservata/eventi/settimanaeventi2010/menu.aspPosted byConchita Vecchioat8:34 PM

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The Leopard

This month marks the 150th anniversary of Garibaldi’s landings in Sicily as part of the national unification movement – and nobody in Sicily seems to care. Fact is often stranger than fiction, and the historical novel that provoked serious reconsideration of the unification war and its aftermath remains the bestselling Sicilian work of fiction half a century after its initial publication.

is the story of an aristocratic family of Palermo beginning in 1860. Important themes abound within its pages, and it remains as fresh and readable today as it was over fifty years ago. It was published shortly after the death of its author, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, himself a Sicilian nobleman.

What’s interesting is that this unique novel is still fairly popular. More than any other book, it has shaped the opinions of many Sicilians over the last five decades, challenging what – until the fall of the House of Savoy and the end of Fascism – was advocated by the Italian police state as the “official” view of Italian unification.Posted byVincenzo Salernoat7:31 AM

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