Corleone the Godfather Origins of Mafia Tour in Palermo, Italy
A Sicily day trip that reveals The Godfather's origins! Witness Sicily's mob history by seeing real-life and Francis Ford Coppola-inspired places. Visit the site of the massacre at Portella della Ginestra, eat cannoli from Sicily, and hear many intriguing stories about Don Vito Corleone.
Portella della Ginestra
Piana degli Albanesi
The Ficuzza forest reserve
The village of Corleone
The Mafia Museum
La Real Casina di Caccia
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Transportation by a minivan or a licensed air-conditioned car
A professional English-speaking driver
Food and beverages
Please note: this tour is held daily.
First, we will go to Portella della Ginestra to see where the massacres happened. Then, we will go to Piana degli Albanesi to try the famous sweet cannoli from Sicily. Finally, we will have lunch at the Ficuzza woodland reserve. After lunch, we'll go to Corleone Village, the Mafia Museum, and the places that gave Don Vito Corleone, the main character in the famous book and movie The Godfather, his ideas.
We will go to where the Portella della Ginestra workers were killed on May 1, 1947. This was done by the criminal gang of Salvatore Giuliano, who fired machine guns at the cheering crowd from Mount Pelavet for almost a quarter of an hour. Fourteen individuals were killed, and another thirty were injured. A month after the massacre, a thief named Salvatore Giuliano attacked with machine guns and hand grenades. He was the one who got the community to rebel against communism. After that, we will go to "La Real Casina di Caccia," a royal mansion that King Ferdinand III of Sicily built in the Ficuzza woods in 1799 as a summer hunting retreat. It is distinguished for its rectangular and austere façade. Ferdinand of Bourbon stayed there constantly from 1810 to 1813, and it became a popular holiday resort for Palermo's elite.