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Having suffered centuries of poverty and possessing a well-documented history as a Mafia stronghold, the town of Corleone – 60km from Palermo and best known through Francis Ford Coppola's classic Godfather trilogy – has been trying to reinvent itself over the last decade. For travellers, the one reason to head here is for CIDMA, an absorbing anti-Mafia museum.

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Corleone's small anti-Mafia museum recounts the terrifying history of Sicily's Cosa Nostra crime syndicate, focusing on the brave efforts of the anti-Mafia campaigners and judges who spoke out against organised crime rather than succumbing to the Mafia-promoted culture of omertà (silence). Visits are by guided-tour only (English tours available) and should be booked in advance via the centre's website.


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