It was our first trip to Palermo and Corleone and what a trip it was!
Right from the moment we met Vincenzo Ciceraro and Rosario Pirrone, we knew they were the right people to take care of full tour for us. Everything was beautifully arranged and co-ordinated. Senor Vincenzo even obliged by taking us to Corleone on a brand new route which he opened up on the day of our arrival !
The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly the visit to Corleone. Rosario was truly very helpful and attentive to our requirements. He showed us the historical and culturally important sights of Corleone and ensured we learnt as much as there is about the Godfather! He took a lot of interest in explaining the various aspects of the mafia and the history of the place.
We were truly sucked into the scene and completely engrossed with learning about the gangs!
The visit to the museum for the mafia was another highlight of the day. It has some great pictures of the mafia. It also some rare artifacts like court proceedings, different tools used by the mafia and so on..
It was truly a very nice gesture on the part of Vincenzo and Rosario to accommodate our request to change the plan and walk around the streets of Corleone even though it was not a part of the itinerary. It was just like what Michael did many decades ago! I actually felt like Michael there! it was truly an awesome experience.
Corleone looks so similar to the way Francis Ford Coppola portrayed it on screen. He truly captured the essence of the landscape and the feel of the place. It feels and looks just the same even today!
Even the small things we noticed were so reminiscent of the olden days. An old lady peered out of her window on that lazy afternoon as we walked along a narrow lane with nobody in sight. It just struck me how dangerous life could have been those days with gun totting mafia men ruling the streets...
I can't wait to come back to Corleone to meet the wonderful people and see more of it.
Thank you very much to Vincenzo and Rosario for making this trip possible for us and taking such good care.
Raghavendra Navad, India.
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