Walking together through the main roads and the back streets of the picturesque old town, you will learn about the Mafia, its brutal violence and its business, as well as about the people who stood up against the power of the organised crime. We will stop in front of monuments, memorials and shops, each is connected with a particular aspect of our story. Sometimes a small detail, that seems unsignificant at first glance, has a story behind it that is worth to be told. You will meet shopkeepers who have said NO to the protection money and hear their stories: you will also have the chance to support them, just buying a gelato, some local products or a souvenir of Palermo.
I was born and live Palermo, Sicily. I love traveling and get in contact with different people and cultures. I think that the best way to express our love for our country is to show its most authentic face and to struggle to change the aspect we do not like. This is why I am an activist in a Sicilian anti-mafia movement called Addiopizzo, which encourags the shopkeepers to rebel against the protection racket.
Starting from the magnificent Teatro Massimo, symbol of the rebirth of Palermo after the terrible years of the Mafia violence, we will explore the traditional open-air market, stop at the memorial dedicated to the victims of the Mafia, discuss about the role of the Church in front of the Cathedral and that of the politics at the City Hall, pass through piazza Magione and end the tour at the famous restaurant Antica Focacceria San Francesco.
Discovering the anti-mafia rebellion