The Anti-Mafia Walking Tour

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Watch history unfold on this enlightening tour about Addiopizzo efforts to shut down Mafia extortion in Palermo. Learn about the anti-Mafia movement and meet courageous shop owners who are standing up to Mafioso power.

The Anti-Mafia Walking Tour

For decades the Mafia has demanded pizzo- or, protection money - from shops and businesses. Several years ago a grassroots civic movement called Addiopizzo - translated as Goodbye Protection Money - was formed to resist the extortion. The movement has exploded in recent years with several thousand shop owners and businesses who have said "No" to the pizzo.

Your tour begins at Teatro Massimo, familiar from being used to film the last scene of the movie trilogy The Godfather. Walk through the historic center and hear your expert guide share the rise of the Mafia as well as how the modern anti-Mafia movement was formed. Meet shop owners who have bravely said "No" to the pizzo and hear about the consumer campaign "Pago chi non paga" (I shop where they don't pay pizzo) that encourages customers to do business only with stores that rebel against the Mafia. End your tour with a glass of wine or bite to eat at one of the oldest restaurants in Palermo, Antica Focacceria San Francesco. This restaurant is famous not only for its typical Palermo street food but also for the daring denunciation of its extortionists.

This 3 hour cultural tour does not include food or beverages. Guests must be able to walk for 3 hours and may have to navigate steps. Those in wheelchairs must have a companion to assist.

Creating change is entirely possible as this tour will prove to you! Book now for an informative and inspiring look at the anti-Mafia movement in Palermo.

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from $74.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic, Walking
Tour Duration
3 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
In front of the Teatro Massimo in the Piazza Verdi
Food/Beverage Provided
Food and beverages not included but are available for purchase.
Special Instructions
Comfortable seasonal clothing, walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. Camera for photos.
Guests must be able to walk for 3 hours and may have to navigate steps. Those who are in wheelchairs can participate, but must have a companion to assist.