In 1713, with the peace of Utrecht, Sicily, taken away from
Spain, came assigned to Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy, with title and dignity of
His brief reign was characterized by the struggle with the pope for the rights of ecclesiastical legation
(privilege for the sovereign to practice the jurisdiction also in ecclesiastical
subjects). In June 1714, Vittorio Amedeo II came to visit Taormina with his
wife, Ann of Orleans.
During the domination of Savoy, Spain was just about to reconquer Sicily. To prevent the Spanish occupation Vittorio Amedeo II promoted an alliance among Austria, England and
France. Austria agreed to undertake but with the condition that, defeated
Spain, Sicily would have passed to the dominion of the Hasburg's kingdom. To compensate the loss of
Sicily, the Savoy's reign would have had Sardinia in exchange for it.
A bloody war followed, that ended, in 1718, with the defeat of the Spanish
Thanks to the accord among the allies Sicily passed to the Hasburg's reign. The Austrian occupation in the island lasted around 3