Discovering the anti-mafia rebellion

Palermo, Italy

Experience hosted by Edoardo

  1. 3 hours
  2. Hosted in English, French, and Italian
Excellent value
Guests say it's well worth the price.
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What you'll do

You will walk with me or one of my fellow team members 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.
Other things to note
You can recognize me because at the meeting point I will have a "No Mafia" bagpack on my shoulder.

IMPORTANT! The tour is offered in English, Italian or French, depending from the dates. Please scroll down this page and choose the correct date/language in the section "SEE MORE DATES".
You will walk with me or one of my fellow team members 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 unsigni…

Meet your Host, Edoardo

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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I was born and live Palermo, Sicily. I graduated in History and I work as a trip leader. I love to get in contact with different people and cultures, either by traveling or by meeting my guests here.
I think that the best way to express our love for our country is to show its most authentic face and to try to change what we do not like about it. This is why I am an activist in an anti-mafia movement called Addiopizzo, which encourages the shopkeepers to rebel against the protection racket.
I have been volunteering for Addiopizzo since the beginning, in 2004. I am proud to say that many things have changed since then. On behalf of Addiopizzo I give speeches and lead tours: people are eager to learn what the Mafia really is, behind the stereotypes. I can give them my personal experience as a Sicilian and as an activist.
I was born and live Palermo, Sicily. I graduated in History and I work as a trip leader. I love to get in contact with different people and cultures, either by traveling or by meeting my guests here.
I think that the best way to express our love for our country is to show its most authentic face and to try to change what we do not like about it. This is why I am an activist in an anti-mafia movement called Addiopizzo, which encourages the shopkeepers to rebel against the protection racket…
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About the organization: Addiopizzo Travel



Addiopizzo is a grass-roots Anti-Mafia movement, founded in Palermo in 2004. Its mission is to push the community to rebel against protection racket. Addiopizzo built a network of shops and business whose owners refuse to pay money to the Mafia and encourages ethical consumerism to support it. The organization gives assistance to the victims of extortion and promote cultural and social activities.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Addiopizzo Travel.

Where you'll be

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.

Rated 4.84 out of 5 from 179 reviews.

Paul
January 2022
Fantastic tour you're interested in the history and life with and against the mafia. It was an intense experience with a lot of great storytelling. Super cool!
Marta
January 2022
Per chi si avventurasse in quel di Palermo, consiglio vivamente di prendere parte a questo tour informativo e super interessante. Arricchirà senza dubbio la vostra esperienza presso Palermo!!
Marlen
January 2022
Die Führung war sehr interessant, ich hätte mir noch mehr Geschichten über das tatsächlich Geschehen der Mafia gewünscht, für mich persönlich hatte es mehr Stadtführungs-Charakter. Die Guide*in war sehr nett und pünktlich!!
Nina
January 2022
Eine ganz nette Stadtführung, aber aus meiner Sicht viel zu wenig Informationen zum eigentlichen Thema der Tour. Würde ich nicht noch mal buchen.
Marco
January 2022
Ermes ci ha accompagnato in luoghi simbolo per la lotta alla mafia e ci ha illustrato molto dettagliatamente come avviene la richiesta del pizzo da parte delle associazioni mafiose e come la loro attività lavora per combattere questo fenomeno, una esperienza davvero interessante! Assolutamente consigliata!
Stefanie
January 2022
This tour was really informative. The tour guide is incredibly passionate about this cause and it really showed through during the tour. It also gave us an opportunity to see some of the sights we hadn’t yet visited in Palermo. Would definitely recommend.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 24 hours before the start time for a full refund.