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Tour the Mafia's reign of terror
As beautiful as Palermo is, it nurses a troubled past. The Sicilian Mafia used Palermo as one of the bases for their reign of terror, coloring how many Palermo residents grew up to view their country. Take the day tour that details their fight for peace and protection, visiting key sites and learning of the legacy of heroic figures, with the added benefit of bike rental.
Pushing off at Piazza Magione, behold the breathtaking beauty of the Basilica La Magione and discover Giovanni Falcone’s legacy. Later on in the tour, you’ll cycle to Albero Falcone, the tree outside his former home where people gather to pin messages of peace and hope.
Let Lungomare amaze you – this sublime Sicilian waterfront is a favorite spot for those wanting a moment of reflection by the rippling ocean surface. Cycling on into Cala and Castello a Mare, find out about the ancient fortress which once guarded the port of Palermo. The crenellated castle is still a truly commanding sight, sparking the imagination.
Ucciardone Prison is ‘home’ to many Mafiosi, locked up in this 19th Century jail. Park your bike up in its intimidating shadow and learn from your guide of the inmates housed within the high stone walls.
Visiting Via D’Amelio provides a chance to stand in the spot of the Via D’Amelio bombing by the Sicilian Mafia in July 1992. The terrorist attack murdered the anti-mafia magistrate Paolo Borsellino in a sad day for Sicilians begging for a future free from fear.
Your bike tour begins to wind down at Bottega dei Sapori e dei sari di Libera, the ‘Workshop of Knowledge and Flavors’, based in the former headquarters of the mafia now recovered and transformed into a force for good. Pick up a unique souvenir at the fair trade market, look in at the antimafia library, and learn about the Libera Terra’s positive projects helping to bring hope and opportunity where it’s needed the most.
Days Start Finish Thursday & Sunday 9:30 am ~12:30 pm
Rate EUR Adult €42
Minimum of 2 participants required to start this tour.
Piazza Magione, Lungomare, Cala and Castello a Mare, Ucciardone Prison, Via D'Amelio, Albero Falcone, Bottega dei Sapori e dei sari di Libera
- Bike and helmet rental
- English, Italian, and French-speaking guide
Meeting place & directions
Social Bike Palermo
Discesa dei Giudici, 13, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy
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