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Piazza della Memoria, Palermo, Italy

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Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

1. Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

Discover the top sights in Palermo from a unique angle on a guided walking tour. Every stop is a chance to pause for reflection on the realities of the Mafia and consider the civic movement against Mafioso power. Meet your guide and begin your mafia-themed adventure through the streets of Palermo. Explore Teatro Massimo, the open-air market Il Capo, and Piazza Della Memoria (a memorial dedicated to prosecutors and judges killed by the mafia). Along the Cassaro, come across places with orange stickers on their windows, representing owners that have said no to paying the extortion racket and have subscribed to the ethical consumer campaign pago chi non paga (I pay who does not pay).  After strolling by sights like Piazza Beati Paoli, Palermo Cathedral, and the city hall, finish the tour in the heart of Palermo's old town center. Get tips from your guide on how to continue your visit and where to taste the best Sicilian specialties.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 177 reviews

Attilio gave us a real education on the history of the judges, prosecutors and business people standing up the Mafia. He exposed how the mafia uses fear to extort the pizzo, a small share of an enterprise ‘s profit. He answered all our questions and shared some of his own experiences growing up in Palermo. You’ll hear about some amazingly brave and heroic individuals like Falcone, Borsellino, and the brave priest who will soon be sainted. It was nice how he tied in the Mafia with each location, such as the church, the government and everyday life.

The guide was engaging and informative. I was initially skeptical of taking a 'mafia' tour because I didn't know if it was going to in some way glorify it as the media often does but it was a candid and interesting explanation of the past and present of the influence of the mafia in Sicily and elsewhere. Recommended.

Nous avons fait le tour en Français avec Chloé. Très instructif et intéressant, elle connaissait très bien son sujet et répondait à toutes nos questions. Chloé est très sympathique, nous la recommandons vivement si vous voulez faire le tour en Français. Bravo Chloé et merci!

The time flew by! Very insightful and engaging tour. I learned so much!

Fascinating insight into an important part of Sicilian life.