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Sicily: beyond the Godfather

What do you know about Sicily? What was it, what is it now? Who are the Sicilians? And what is the Mafia? A study trip targeted to foreign students, meant to propose our answers to these and many other questions. An eye-opening experience, as Sicily can be a key to interpret our present.

  • 8 days
    7 nights
  • minimum 20
  • 18 - 99years


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn about the Mafia and about the Anti-mafia Movement
  • Immerse yourself into the old town centre of Palermo, full of charm and mystery
  • Explore the allies of Corleone and see its spectacular canyons
  • Enjoy the multicultural aspects of a land in the middle of the Mediterranean see
  • Meet the enthusiastic activists who work on land confiscated from Mafia bosses
  • Try the most authentic Sicilian desserts like cannolo

Itinerary

1° day

Arrival and introduction to Sicily

Welcome in airport and transfer to Palermo. 
Check-in at Mafia-free hotel.
Presentation of Sicily and the tour.
Included dinner and overnight.

2° day

The Mafia and the Anti-Mafia movement

“Palermo NoMafia” Tour: a walk through the old town center to discover the symbolic places and most significant stories of nowadays struggle against the Mafia.
Included lunch in the famous Mafia-free restaurant “Antica Focacceria San Francesco”. 
Visit of the headquarters of Comitato Addiopizzo in an apartment confiscated from the local Mafia boss. 
Free time in the afternoon.
Back to hotel and overnight.

3° day

Corleone: the origins of the Mafia and the Movement of the peasants

Transfer to Corleone.
Guided tour in Corleone and panoramic walk.
Visit to “Bottega/Laboratorio dei Sapori e dei Saperi”: a pictorial history of the Mafia and the antimafia in Corleone
Included lunch at agriturismo “Terre di Corleone”, managed by the antimafia cooperative Libera. Focus on the confiscation of the Mafia assets and their social re-use.
Break in Ficuzza, the hamlet dominated by the royal palace of Ferdinando of Borbone. 
Back to Palermo and dinner on own. 
Overnight in hotel.

4° day

The Monreale area: mosaics, wine & cannoli

Monreale: visit to the UNESCO protected Cathedral.
Lunch in agriturismo "Masseria La Chiusa" with a "Cannoli" demonstration.
The Memorial of Portella della Ginestra: the Mafia before, during and after the Allied invasion of Sicily. 
San Cipirello: wine-tasting and visit at the winery "Centopassi" managed by Libera.
Back to Palermo and dinner on own. 
Overnight in hotel.

5° day

Falcone and Borsellino: the Anti-mafia martyrs

Meeting with an eyewitness of the massacre in Capaci, where the prosecutor Giovanni Falcone was murdered with a bomb in 1992. 
Monte Pellegrino and the Sancuary of Santa Rosalia.
Mondello: included lunch in pizzo-free restaurant by the beach.
Via d'Amelio: where the prosecutor Paolo Borsellino was killed by the Mafia in 1992.
Back to Palermo and dinner on own. 
Overnight in hotel.

6° day

Relaxing day in Cefalù

Transfer to Cefalù.
Walk in the picturesque seaside town and free time for beach and shopping.
Included lunch at Agriturimso Guarnera.
Siesta time by the swimming pool.
Back to hotel, included dinner and overnight.

7° day

The multi-ethnic Palermo: migration, racial integration and organized crime

The melting-pot community in the medieval Palermo: guided visit in the Royal Palace/Cappella Palatina, the church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti and on the roof of the Cathedral.
Lunch on own.
Migration and racial integration today: walk through the open-air market "Ballarò".
Meeting with experts on the phenomenon of migration in the multicultural restaurant "Moltivolti". Included dinner and farewell party.
Overnight in hotel.

8° day

Departure

Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to airport. 

The itinerary outlined on this page is subject to slight changes depending on the opening hours of certain museums and restaurants as well as the availability of the people you will meet during the trip.

Map Autorizzazione n° 54/S9-TUR del 04/05/2016

Accomodation The package includes the following accomodation

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