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This travel agency is gonna make you an offer you can't refuse: a mafia-themed tour of Sicily

A travel agency in Sicily is offering two guided ‘mafia-themed tours,’ in which you can immerse yourself in the dramatic world of the Sicilian Mafia. They promise to visit some of the most interesting and famous places related to the history of the mafia in western Sicily and past and recent events on the beautiful Italian island’s political scene.

Al Pacino getting married in a scene from the 1972 mafia film The Godfather. Image: Paramount/Getty Images
Al Pacino getting married in a scene from the 1972 mafia film The Godfather. Image: Paramount/Getty Images

While it has attracted some condemnation and raised eyebrows, the tour calls itself the “Anti-Mafia Mafia Tour,” and travel agency Easy Trapani insists that its full and half-day tours raises awareness of the crimes that affected Sicilian society. Tour manager Gianni Grillo accompanies the tours to towns such as Corleone, which were made famous in the Godfather films starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. He will tell the story of Sicily and the origins and events of the mafia to this day, and the tour will take in several stops along the way. These include the Museum of the Sicilian Mafia in Salemi, CIDMA Corleone and a meeting with journalists or other people involved in active resistance against the criminal clans of Cosa Nostra.

Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, and John Cazale in the 1972 mafian film The Godfather. Image: Paramount/Getty Images
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, and John Cazale in the 1972 mafia film, The Godfather. Image: Paramount/Getty Images

The mafia-themed tours will include a traditional Sicilian meal, and visits to houses lived in by clan members. The full-day tour programme will dive more deeply into the world of the mafia, exploring its different facets. The agency says that tourists will discover the city of origin of the most important mafia families and scenes of some of the most dramatic events related to the organisation.

Marlon Brando sitting opposite Al Pacino in the 1972 mafia film, The Godfather. Image: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images
Marlon Brando sitting opposite Al Pacino in the 1972 mafia film, The Godfather. Image: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Further information can be found on Easy Trapani’s website.

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