Mafia-free tourism, a new frontier for the ethical tourist, supports those who rebel against the Mafia dominion.
BEAUTY & ENGAGEMENT
We offer you a land of extraordinary cultural and artistic heritage. An experience which balances beauty with social duty. This is an opportunity to understand, first hand, the most important moments, people and places of the Anti-Mafia movement. We want to show our visitors the real face of Sicily, above and beyond stereotypes and tourist traps. We want to restore dignity to our country and raise the profile of the people who are fighting for change. We want our guests to be captivated by this experience so that they may have the same enthusiasm as us.
OUR PIZZO-FREE POLICY
The businesses which we use for our tours do not pay pizzo (this is the Italian name for protection money, a sort of "extorted tax" imposed by the Mob). They are owners of hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, farms and transport agencies who have made the brave decision to rebel against the Mafia. Some of them work in premises confiscated from bosses of Cosa Nostra.
Whoever travels with us chooses accommodation facilities certified by Addiopizzo and travels 100% pizzo-free. Take a stand and aid the development of circulating a clean economy. Take a stand and support the volunteers working on the front line of this social conflict. Take a stand and help us stop the Mafia receiving a single cent of your money.
A part of the revenue of Addiopizzo Travel is donated to local NGO which plays an active role in our tours: Comitato Addiopizzo, Casa Memoria Peppino e Felicia Impastato a Cinisi, Libera, Centro Sociale San Francesco Saverio, Centro Siciliano di Documentazione "Giuseppe Impastato". In particular, the funds we donate to Addiopizzo is used for publicize the communication campaing against the Mafia, strenghten the mafia-free shops and business network and contribute to the social, cultural and recreational activities with children and teenagers in the poorest areas of Palermo.
WHERE DO WE COME FROM: THE GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT 'ADDIOPIZZO'
Our tour operator emerged from Addiopizzo as an extension of the ethical consumer strategy against the pizzo it specifically targets the tourism sector.
This grassroots Anti-Mafia movement was founded in 2004 by a group of young people under one slogan: an entire people which pays pizzo is a people without dignity. The strategy used by Addiopizzo in its work is wholly innovative: ethical consumerism against the pizzo. People's selective purchases support businesses which do not give in to the extortionate demands of the Mafia and openly side against them. Addiopizzo urges society to commit to change and encourages a collective cultural revolution against the Mafia.
To find out more… www.addiopizzo.org
Our "mafia-free tourism" project originated from an idea had by Dario Riccobono, Francesca Vannini Parenti and Edoardo Zaffuto, the co-founders of the " Addiopizzo Commettee”. All are currently still involved full-time in the association. Our challenge is to combine our voluntary activities in Addiopizzo Commette with our new job in Addiopizzo Travel. With time, the Addiopizzo Travel team has grown, welcoming Chiara Utro and Enza Sorci who are tasked with managing the study trips, bike tours and oversee the booking process. Finally Daniela Ballarò joined the team with the important role of keeping the accounts in order.
The trip leaders play an essential role for Addiopizzo Travel, accompanying the travellers during the tour and offering a direct connection to Sicily and the antimafia movement.
We are eternally grateful to the interns, volunteers, students and scholars who, for either longer or shorter periods of time, from close and from afar, have worked with us and continue to give us invaluable help. A massive thank you to; Kirstin Burow, Miriam Mascellaro, Pico Di Trapani, Christine Harlacker, Nora Leszak, Simon May, Daran Jones, Jakob Littmann, Sebastian Wittkopf, Sonja Siersch, Monica Cinà, Daniela Battaglia, Olly Rhode, Libby Key, Paola Cavallari, Stefania Fontana, Felicia Mazzara, Julie Loire, Fabian Ryom, Mads Larse, Ella Dorfman.
Nino Di Gregorio
Goals & Accomplishments Goals achieved and new horizons: here the history and the work plan of Addiopizzo Travel.
Hanno viaggiato con noi Dal 2009 a oggi, abbiamo organizzato tour per migliaia di persone: viaggiatori individuali e famiglie, scuole e univ ersità, gruppi scout e parrocchiali che hanno scelto di viaggiare pizzo-free.
63 scuole siciliane
182 scuole e università italiane
42 scuole, college e università straniere
80 tour operator e agenzie di viaggio
Ashoka, Coventry University, Friedrich-Alexander Universität, James Madison University, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences, Sprachenschule im Kreuzviertel, Studiosus, Università del Salento, Università di Bologna, Wien Universität, Zeppelin Girolibero, .