The town of Savoca, together with Forza d'Agrò, was the location for the scenes set in Corleone of Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather II (1974). Chiesa di San Nicolò is where Michael and Apollonia get married, dance and celebrate their wedding. Bar Vitelli in Savoca, which is still a functioning establishment, was featured in the motion picture as the place where Michael Corleone asked Apollonia's father to meet his daughter.
The church was built in the 13th century and originally decorated with Byzantine frescoes from that time. Restorations have taken place over the centuries.