Sicily, Italy

Jenna

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While studying abroad in Florence, I went on a class trip to Sicily to learn about the History of the Mafia. It was really interesting and the food was incredible.

The House of Giuseppe Impastato

Cinisi, Province of Palermo, Italy

We started our trip in Cinisi to visit the home of Giuseppe Impastato, a famous anti-mafia activist. This was a really important experience, because we spoke to his family about their experiences and got to see the actual place where history was made. After, we walked around the neighborhood and got pastries at the coffee shop across the street.

One Hundred Steps

Cinisi, Province of Palermo, Italy

We walked the "100 Steps." Peppino Impastato was assassinated by the mafia boss that lived down the street from him. We retraced the route, which symbolizes those that have died fighting the mafia.

Palermo Cathedral

Palermo Cathedral, Palermo, Province of Palermo, Italy

We toured the Cathedral of Palermo. There's a line that runs through the cathedral that separates the two hemispheres of the Earth!

Meeting with Addiopizzo

Sicily, Italy

We met with an activist from an anti-mafia organization to learn about how the people still struggle with the mafia today.

Godfather Moment

Palermo, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy

No spoilers, but there's an epic scene at the end of the Godfather Trilogy that took place on these Opera steps!

Gelato Stop

Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Palermo is known for this special treat: gelato in a brioche bun drizzled with chocolate!

Working in the Vineyards

Sicily, Italy

Old farmland that was controlled by the mafia was siezed and redistributed to an organization that raises money towards anti-mafia initiatives. It was a really special experience to work in the vineyards for the cause.

Portella della Ginestra Memorial

Portella della Ginestra, Strada Provinciale 34, Monreale, Province of Palermo, Italy

We visited the site of a horrible May Day Massacre and spoke to survivors.

Pastry Time

Sicily, Italy

Sicily is famous for desserts. We had fantastic cannolis!!

 

The House of Giuseppe Impastato

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Cinisi, Province of Palermo
We started our trip in Cinisi to visit the home of Giuseppe Impastato, a famous anti-mafia activist. This was a really important experience, because we spoke to his family about their experiences and got to see the actual place where history was made. After, we walked around the neighborhood and got pastries at the coffee shop across the street.
 

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One Hundred Steps

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Cinisi, Province of Palermo
We walked the "100 Steps." Peppino Impastato was assassinated by the mafia boss that lived down the street from him. We retraced the route, which symbolizes those that have died fighting the mafia.
 

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Palermo Cathedral

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Palermo Cathedral, Palermo
We toured the Cathedral of Palermo. There's a line that runs through the cathedral that separates the two hemispheres of the Earth!
 

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Meeting with Addiopizzo

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Sicily, Italy
We met with an activist from an anti-mafia organization to learn about how the people still struggle with the mafia today.
 

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Godfather Moment

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Palermo, Province of Palermo
No spoilers, but there's an epic scene at the end of the Godfather Trilogy that took place on these Opera steps!
 

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Gelato Stop

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Palermo, Sicily
Palermo is known for this special treat: gelato in a brioche bun drizzled with chocolate!
 

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Working in the Vineyards

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Sicily, Italy
Old farmland that was controlled by the mafia was siezed and redistributed to an organization that raises money towards anti-mafia initiatives. It was a really special experience to work in the vineyards for the cause.
 

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Portella della Ginestra Memorial

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Portella della Ginestra, Strada Provinciale 34
We visited the site of a horrible May Day Massacre and spoke to survivors.
 

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Pastry Time

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Sicily, Italy
Sicily is famous for desserts. We had fantastic cannolis!!
 

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