Sicilian Mafia & Antimafia Strategies

Targeted primarly to students of Criminology, Law, Sociology, the tour focuses the Mafia phenomenon in Sicily and describe it in its complexity. The goal is to show the most effective strategies, used by the the State and by the Civil Society, to fight against Cosa Nostra and to prevent its proliferation.

  • 7 days
    6 nights
  • minimum 20
  • 18+ years

Historians, prosecutors, members of the law enforcement and of the institutions, journalists, activists of anti-mafia associations, relatives of Mafia's victims: all these experts involved in the struggle against organized crime will talk about their own experience.

The tour retraces the story of the mafia by exploring the socio-cultural context in which it was born and developed and by visiting the symbolic places connected to the successes of the Anti-mafia Movement.

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1° day

Arrival. Introduction to Palermo and Sicily

(transportations: private bus) Welcome at the airport and transfer to Palermo. Check-in at hotel. Visit of the Duomo of Monreale and panoramic tour of Palermo. Included dinner.

2° day

History of the mafia. Women and the mafia

(transportation: public) Continental breakfast. Lecture on the history of the Mafia and of the Anti-mafia movement by the historian Umberto Santino at the “Centro Siciliano di Documentazione Peppino Impastato”. In-depth analysis on the subject “Women and the mafia” by Dr. Anna Puglisi. Included lunch. Free time in the afternoon. Dinner on own.

3° day

Corleone: from the mafia of the feud to the falling of the Corleonesi

(transportation: private bus) Continental breakfast. Bus transfer to Corleone. Visit to the “Bottega/Laboratorio dei Sapori e dei Saperi”: a history of the mafia with images, through the paintings of Gaetano Porcasi.. Panoramic walk. Visit to CIDMA (Centro Internazionale di Documentazione sulle Mafie e sul Movimento Antimafia – International Documentation Center on the Mafie and the Anti-mafia Movement). Lunch in agriturismo “Terre di Corleone”, managed by a cooperative partnered with Libera: focus on the confiscation of the assets from the Mafia and their social re-use. Break in Ficuzza, small hamlet dominated by the Royal palace of Ferdinando di Borbone. Back to Palermo and dinner on own.

4° day

The commitment of the State: Law enforcement and Magistrature

(transportation: private bus) Continental breakfast. Meet a representative of the Italian Police and seminar about the antimafia strategies. Lunch on own. Visit of the Courthouse of Palermo with Gery Ferrara, prosecutror. Back to hotel and overnight stay.

5° day

Information against the Mafia: Peppino Impastato

(transportation: private bus) Continental breakfast. Free time in the morning. Transfer to Cinisi: visit of the “Casa della Memoria" dedicated to Peppino Impastato, the young activist murdered by the Mafia in 1978. Included dinner in pizza place (location of the movie “One hundred steps” by Marco Tullio Giordana). Back to hotel and overnight stay.

6° day

Pizzo and Addiopizzo

(public transportation) Continental breakfast. Lecture on the protection money (pizzo) and on the Addiopizzo's ethical consumerism campaign. “Palermo No Mafia” tour: discovering the symbolic places of the anti-mafia in the old town centre of Palermo. Lunch at the restaurant “Antica Focacceria San Francesco”. Walk in Piazza Marina, Piazza Magione and the Foro Italico. Visit to the headquarter of the Comitato Addiopizzo. Dinner (not included). Farewell party.

7° day

Falcone and Borsellino and the reaction to the massacre

(transportation: private bus) Continental breakfast and check-out. Brief stop at the “Albero Falcone”, symbol of the reaction of the people’s of Palermo against the mafia. Brief stop in via D’Amelio, place where the judge Paolo Borsellino was killed on the 19th of July 1992. Transfer to Capaci, set of the massacre of the 23rd of May 1992, in which the prosecutor Giovanni Falcone lost his life. Meret a witness. Lunch (not included). Transfer to the 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.

Accomodation The package includes the following accomodation

Torreata Hotel & Residence

Hotel Palermo

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