Corleone

Corleone

Corleone: the history of the Mafia and a different future.

Who doesn't know don Vito Corleone?

For this guided tour we will pick you up from your hotel or b&b with one of our vehicles: with a minimum of 3 people the vehicle is a luxury Mercedes-Benz 4x4 or a comfortable 8-seat minivan!  After about 90 minutes driving through the countryside surrounding Palermo we arrive at the boss of bosses’ city: Corleone. The city is linked to the Mafia in two ways: firstly, the fiction, that is the novel by Mario Puzo and the film by Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather. The boss of bosses is don Vito Corleone, masterfully interpreted by Marlon Brando in the film; the boss' name comes from that of the city, as he was born in Corleone. But why did Mario Puzo choose Corleone as the don's city of birth? Here comes the second reason: history. Several Mafia bosses were actually born in Corleone and Corleone is related to one of the most important Mafia wars: just ask your guide if you want to know more!

In spite of the fact that Corleone is the core of the Mafia since 1970s, it is also an ancient city, likely founded as a Greek colony, strongly trying to change its future. The CIDMA — Centro della Mafia e dell’Antimafia (The Mafia and Antimafia Centre) is one example of change, the fields confiscated to the Mafia by the Government and donated to a non-profit organisation run by young people from Corleone is another example, the presence of a number of students from schools from all around the world to get involved in various activities in Corleone is a third example. Furthermore, there are beautiful landscapes, it is nicknamed 'the city of the 100 churches' and the food is delicious! We advise to buy some local sweets, liquors, and souvenirs in order to support the shop-owners who are trying to totally get rid of the Mafia.

Why touring with Palermo Walks? We have been awarded the patronages of the Sicilian Parliament and of the City of Palermo, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee, our vehicles are checked every month, you can always talk to one of our managers. Our style is based on storytelling, our unique way of sharing with you the history and stories of people, art, culture, food, traditions. Book your tour now to enjoy the best of Sicily!

 

Schedule:

  • 8:30 Hotel or b&b pick-up by car or minivan
  • 9:30 Visit or the Royal Hunting Lodge, built at the end of the 18th century
  • 10:30 The Ficuzza woods, the largest in Sicily (by train or bus, optional)
  • 12:00 CIDMA  The Mafia and Antimafia Centre (if open as it is run by few volunteers; entry ticket between €5 and €15 per person according to the total number of visitors; if you want to book a visit contact us)
  • 13:00 Lunch (not included)
  • 14:15 Departure from Corleone towards Palermo
  • 15:30 Hotel or b&b drop-off
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  • Options

    • Internet connection: €5 per person.
    • Customisation: if you prefer a shorter or a longer tour, to add or remove some points of interest, and/or if you require different hours, please contact us.
    • For a guide speaking a language different from English or Italian, please contact us.
    • For luxury services please contact us.
    • For special needs please contact us: convertible car seats for babies and foldable wheelchairs may be rented at €15 each.
    • For a tour leader service (cheaper than the guide service, only general information is provided) or a driver service (the cheapest option, good for those who don't need information about the sites), please contact us.
  • Specifications

    • Frequency: daily (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day).
    • Departure: 8:30 from your hotel or b&b in Palermo's city centre (the time may slightly vary according to the total number of participants, so it will be confirmed via email; if your hotel or b&b is outside the city centre please contact us.
    • Duration: 7 hours.
    • Number of participants: 1-8, for more people please contact us.
    • Type of tour: open (people from different groups may join in), though limited to 8 people in total; for a private tour please contact us.
    • Location: Ficuzza and Corleone - province of Palermo.
    • Modality: by car or minivan, and on foot.
    • Dress code: none; it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes.
    • Contribution: 1 person €149, 2 people €99 per person, 3-5 people €79 per person, 6-8 people €69 per person.
    • What is included: hotel or b&b pick-up and drop-off by car or minivan, guide speaking English and Italian.
    • Entry tickets: not included.