Passione Italiana logo

La Mafia

The Mafia, also known as La Cosa Nostra, is a secretive and organized crime syndicate that has been a significant force in the criminal underworld since the 19th century. It is involved in a wide range of criminal activities, including extortion, racketeering, drug trafficking, and murder. The Mafia is a very secretive organization, and its members are sworn to secrecy. This secrecy has made it difficult for law enforcement to investigate and prosecute its members.

The origins of the Mafia can be traced back to Sicily where it began as a secret society that sought to protect its members from oppression and exploitation. Over time, the organization grew in power and influence, branching out into various criminal activities such as extortion, money laundering, and drug trafficking.


The Mafia first emerged in Sicily in the late 1800s as a means for peasants to resist the oppression of the aristocracy. It was organized along family lines, with each group operating independently of the others. However, it soon went beyond its original purpose, becoming involved in more illicit activities such as smuggling, gambling, and prostitution. By the early 20th century, the Mafia had spread beyond Sicily, establishing a foothold in major cities throughout Italy, and eventually, in the United States.

The structure is based on a hierarchy, with each member holding a specific rank. The highest-ranking member is the boss, who oversees all operations and makes major decisions. Beneath the boss are the underboss and consigliere, who serve as advisers and enforcers. Other members include the caporegime, who is responsible for a particular group of soldiers, and the soldiers themselves, who carry out orders and commit crimes. This strict structure allows the organisation to operate efficiently and maintain secrecy.

One of the Mafia’s most closely guarded secrets is its code of silence, known as Omertà. Omertà requires members to never cooperate with law enforcement, even if they are arrested or charged with a crime. Omertà is enforced through violence, and those who break Omertà are often killed.


The Mafia’s impact on society has been significant. Its involvement in organized crime has led to violence, corruption, and the erosion of the rule of law. The Mafia has been responsible for countless murders, robberies, and other criminal activities. Its influence has also extended to the political sphere, with politicians and law enforcement officials often being bribed or intimidated into compliance. Its reach even extends into the legitimate business world, with some companies being forced to pay protection money or face the consequences.

Efforts to combat the Mafia have been ongoing for decades. Law enforcement agencies in Italy have made significant progress in dismantling the organization, arresting high-ranking members and disrupting its operations. The Mafia remains a powerful force, with new leaders emerging to replace those who have been apprehended, but has been in decline in recent years due to a number of factors, including increased law enforcement pressure and the rise of other criminal organizations, such as the ‘Ndrangheta.

The Mafia is a secretive and powerful criminal organization that has had a significant impact on society. Its structure and operations have allowed it to thrive for over a century, despite efforts to combat it. While progress has been made in recent years, the Mafia remains a formidable force that will require continued attention and resources from law enforcement agencies.

For example, Addio Pizza is a grassroots movement in Sicily that encourages businesses and consumers to refuse to pay pizzo, or Mafia extortion money. The movement was founded in 2004 by a group of young people who were tired of living in fear of the Mafia.

Addio Pizza has been successful in raising awareness of the Mafia’s extortion racket and in encouraging businesses to stand up to the Mafia. The movement has also helped to create a sense of community among those who are opposed to the Mafia.

Addio Pizza is not without its critics. Some people argue that the movement is naive and that it will never be able to defeat the Mafia. Others argue that the movement is too confrontational and that it alienates people who might otherwise be sympathetic to its cause.

Despite its critics, Addio Pizza continues to grow in popularity. The movement has inspired similar movements in other parts of Italy and around the world. Addio Pizza is a symbol of hope for those who are fighting against the Mafia and for a better future for Sicily.

Why not help combat the Mafia on an organised anti-mafia bike tour? Here’s 5% off from us!

Shopping cart0
There are no products in the cart!
Continue shopping

La migliore App di italiano online!


Offerta speciale a

tempo limitato

$15 al mese
 / $9 al mese
$144 all’anno / $87 all’anno 
Prova la app gratuitamente per 7 giorni sul cellulare, tablet e computer