A new travel guide to Sicily is an illustrated journey to the heart of the Mafia. Written for tourists and armchair travelers alike, the book is a geographical history of Cosa Nostra on the Italian island of Sicily, the picturesque birthplace of organized crime.
In The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide ($18.95, Strategic Media Books, February 2014), author Carl Russo takes the reader to key hotspots in the history of the Sicilian Mafia: where the murders happened, where the godfathers lived, and where their victims are buried. The book’s many photographs were the result of Russo’s undercover work in Sicily over the course of six years.
Russo’s guidebook, the first of its kind in any language, is an adventure for anyone interested in unique travel, Italian history, or the annals of crime. From the sunbaked fishing villages of the Mediterranean to the darkest alleys of Palermo, western Sicily is the exotic background for disturbing tales of murder and mayhem. Readers will discover:
- A hundred strange and violent tales from Cosa Nostra’s 150-year history, meticulously researched and rendered in sharp prose.
- 202 photographs of the homes, hangouts and hideouts of legendary crime bosses, including a world-exclusive look at Lucky Luciano’s childhood home.
- Travel advice and a discussion of the practicalities and ethics of “Mafia tourism.”
- A map of western Sicily and chapters arranged for self-guided car tours.
The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide (Strategic Media Books) is available at neighborhood and online booksellers.
Carl Russo is a San Francisco author who has written for the Oakland Tribune, indieWIRE and other publications. He was a radio producer and DJ at KUSF-FM, San Francisco, for more than a decade. He fell in love with Sicily on his first trip to the island in 1999 and has returned many times since.