Learn about the Mafia and the civil antimafia movement whilst walking through the picturesque historic centre of Palermo. Discover a city that is finally rebelling against the Mafia’s protection racket.
- 3 hours
- minimum 1
- Thursday and Saturday
The Teatro Massimo, the open-air market "Il Capo", Piazza della Memoria (Memorial dedicated to prosecutors and judges killed by the Mafia), Piazza Beati Paoli, the Cathedral, the City Hall, Piazza Magione: every stop is a cause for reflection, a chance to mull over the realities of the Mafia and consider the civic movement against Mafioso power.
Along the tour you will meet shopkeepers who have said NO to paying the pizzo, who have subscribed to the ethical consumer campaign ‘Pago chi non paga’ (I pay who does not pay). This campaign is promoted by Addiopizzo to support those that have decided to rebel against the Mafia.
The tour ends at Antica Focacceria San Francesco, one of the oldest restaurants in Palermo, famous for its ‘cibo da strada palermitano’ (street food of Palermo). Hear you will learn about how the owners had the courage to speak out against extortion. Lunch is not included but if you decide to stay you can taste some specialties like, "pane con la milza" (sandwich stuffed with beef spleen and ricotta cheese), "arancine" (rice balls), "panelle" (chickpea fritters), "anelletti al forno" (baked ring-shaped pasta), "involtini di melanzane" (eggplant rolls), "sarde a beccafico" (sardine rolls) and the famous Cannoli.
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.
- Deepen your knowledge of the Mafia phenomenon beyond clichés and myths
- Discover the past, present and future of the anti-mafia movement
- Walk through the streets of Palermo, the city of light and shade