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Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

4.6 / 5

61 reviews

Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

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Learn about the Mafia and the civil anti-mafia movement whilst walking through the picturesque historic center of Palermo. Discover a city that is finally rebelling against the Mafia’s protection racket.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Walk through the streets of Palermo, the City of light and shade
  • Discover the past, present and future of the anti-mafia movement
  • Deepen your knowledge of the Mafia phenomenon beyond clichés and myths
Full description

Explore 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, and Piazza Magione. Every stop will be a pause 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. End the tour at Antica Focacceria San Francesco, one of the oldest restaurants in Palermo, famous for its ‘Cibo da Strada Palermitano’ (street food of Palermo). 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.

Includes
  • Guide
  • A small contribution to the Addiopizzo charitable organization
  • Entrance to museums and monuments that are not part of the tour

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  • Comfortable shoes
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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 61 reviews

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  • Value for money
    4.8/5

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I always try to travel ethically and was delighted to find this tour. I learned a lot about local history and culture that is extremely important in Palermo and I’m not sure how else I would have been to encounter it otherwise. I really appreciated being able to see Palermo through new eyes and encourage everyone to get to know the city with AddioPizzo.

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May 19, 2022

Great experience it’s always good to be better informed about the place your visiting and a bonus when your guide has a wealth of knowledge that is informative, balanced and engaging. For me something I will not forget in a hurry and it was a pleasure to be well informed by someone who has been living through recent changes and was willing to share her experiences about a topic that is still a very real problem in her home town In her own words there is a long way to go but there is hope through education, changing the population mind set to help eradicate extortion in the future.

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April 22, 2022

It was a very interesting tour. We saw several of Palermo’s biggest sites through the lens of Sicily’s relationship with the Mafia. If you’re worried about a group tour being too “touristy,” that’s not a concern here since our guide was upfront about how annoyed she was about Sicily’s association with the Mafia in popular culture. You should definitely be interested in the subject matter because there is a lot of pausing for storytelling. We were up for that and came away feeling as if we learned a lot. We’d recommend!

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November 21, 2021

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