On the Shoulders of Giants

Discover the Palermo and Capaci places linked to the memory of Falcone and Borsellino, anti-mafia judges killed by Cosa Nostra in 1992.

Overview

Discover the Palermo and Capaci places linked to the memory of Falcone and Borsellino, anti-mafia judges killed by Cosa Nostra in 1992. Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino are the giants upon whose shoulders the anti-mafia movement stands. Today, as in the aftermath of the massacres of 1992, their ideas live on in the civic anti-mafia movement, in the choices and actions of everyday people.

Meeting Point: Piazza Matteo Boiardo, Palermo

Duration: 5 hours

Available: Upon request, every day

Not available: national holidays

 

Start Time: At 9:00 am or at 3:00 pm

Number of participants: Minimum 2

Languages: Italian, English, and French

Note: We recommend comfortable shoes

 

Fee includes:

  • Guided tour with cultural mediator
  • Solidarity contribution in support of the activities of the non-profit Addiopizzo Committee
  • Organization, reservations and help desk
  • VAT and other agency charges

 

Fee does not include:

  • Transport (additional service upon request)
  • Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned under "fee includes"

 

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation possible up to 7 days prior to the start of the tour (included).
  • No refund is possible for cancellations made later and for no-shows.

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On the Shoulders of Giants

Discover the Palermo and Capaci places linked to the memory of Falcone and Borsellino, anti-mafia judges killed by Cosa Nostra in 1992. Led by a local with a profound interest for the history of Palermo, of Sicily, of Italy, you’ll be introduced to the legacy of Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino - the giants upon whose shoulders the anti-mafia movement stands. Today, as in the aftermath of the massacres of 1992, their ideas live on in the civic anti-mafia movement, in the choices and actions of everyday people.

During the tour, we will reconstruct the context in which the terrorist and subversive strategy of Cosa Nostra matured and was implemented. In those years, between 1992 and 1993, Palermo and the whole of Italy passed through a very critical historical phase, marked by the so-called "State-Mafia Pact."

It was those bloody events, however, that prompted the renewal of civil conscience of a people. The great emotional reactions immediately following the events gave place, many years later, to a generation who is more aware and committed to legality.

The Falcone tree (in front of Giovanni Falcone’s private residence), via D'Amelio (where Paolo Borsellino was assassinated in front of his residence), and Capaci (where Giovanni Falcone was killed together with others with a bomb on the highway) are places not only of memory but, above all, of renewed commitment. These places tell the stories of those who, as a result of those massacres, have made the clear choice on which side to stand. Our tour includes a walk - like something of a secular pilgrimage - from the place of the massacre to the point where the detonation was activated. Today, the giant inscription "NO MAFIA" stands out here, visible to all.
 

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