Monday May 20, 2024

Understanding the Mafia in Italy

On this episode of The Real Life in Italy, we’re getting into a topic I think is so important to understand: The Mafia in Italy or rather, Italian Organized Crime.

This is a little 101 for you to understand how these organizations operate, where they operate, and who they are. Oh, and how that might effect life for us foreigners living in Italy. Spoiler: You’ll probably never even notice it, but it’s all around.

Expats in Italy seem to have so many misconceptions of the mafia in italy on two extremes: one, that it is dangerous and you should avoid certain areas of Italy at all costs, two that it doesn’t exist. Both are wrong to a certain degree, and that’s exactly what we’ll be covering in this episode.

I'll share where you can find the Italian mafia operating well beyond Italy's borders, and give you a quick overview of the main organizations: Cosa Nostra, Camorra, 'Ndrangheta, and the Sacra Corona Unita.

While we don't have to be scared while living in Italy, understanding how the mafia exists and operates can help us make better decisions as expats in Italy - and really as general people all over the world. 

Here are some great resources about the mafia in Italy if you would like to learn more:

Midnight in Sicily-Peter Robb
Gomorrah- Roberto Saviano
The Day of the Owl- Leonardo Sciascia
Global Mafia by Antonio Nicaso and Lee Lamothe
Excellent Cadavers by Alexander Stille
Mafia and Antimafia by Umberto Santino

Movies or Shows:

La Ribelle Siciliana
Shooting the Mafia
Excellent Cadavers
100 Passi

News Sites to stay up to date about the Mafia in Italy, and in the world:

The Guardian- covers news very well if you search through their site.



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This podcast is for foreigners living in Italy, who are all just trying to make sense of it all.

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