Remnants of the movie are everywhere:
Famous for one, admittedly GREAT movie, but honestly, without Sicilian gangsters, Savoca would still be wonderful. It’s situated up in the mountains above Taormina, and it’s just lovely.
As an interesting side note (well, interesting to me, I kind of adore hagiography), Saint Lucy (or Lucia) is the patron saint of Savoca.
In her bowl? Yep, her eyeballs.
She is also the patron saint of the blind. Why? Her eyes were gouged out before her martyrdom.
She was a wealthy young Christian martyr who is venerated as a saint by Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox Christians. Her feast day in the West is 13 December; with a name derived from lux, lucis “light”.
Saint Lucy is one of the very few saints celebrated by members of the Lutheran Church among the Scandinavian peoples, who take part in Saint Lucy’s Day celebrations that retain many elements of Germanic paganism.
Her would-be husband denounced her as a Christian to the governor of Syracuse, Sicily. Miraculously unable to move her or burn her, the guards took out her eyes with a fork. In another version, Lucy’s would-be husband admired her eyes, so she tore them out and gave them to him, saying, “Now let me live to God”.