Anti-Mafia Tourism Brings Boost to Struggling Economy in Sicily

August 25, 2010

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Visitors are welcomed to this anti-Mafia bed and breakfast by an image of the Madonna, photo by Nancy Greenleese/World Vision Report
When we think of Italy, most people imagine vacation, not poverty. But the image of leisurely Italians sipping red wine under a hot sun is a fable for many in Sicily.

According to the Italian government, one-third of Sicilians live in poverty, and many say that the Mafia is largely to blame. For decades, the criminal organization has had a stranglehold on the economy and citizens of the island. But anti-Mafia groups are finding creative ways to fight back through tourism.

Eighteen miles from Palermo, the farmhouse of a mob boss has been transformed into a small hotel and restaurant that boasts its independence from the Mafia.

For the World Vision Report, Nancy Greeleese brings us a story about anti-mafia tourism in Sicily.