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Sunday, July 11, 2010

NYTimes: Mafiosos’ Retreats, Peacefully Repurposed in Sicily

From The New York Times:

EXPLORER: Mafiosos' Retreats, Peacefully Repurposed in Sicily

Former Mafia leaders' farmhouses, seized by the government, now provide rustic lodgings for travelers.

At Agriturismo Portella della Ginestranear Piana degli Albanesi in Sicily, (39-328) 2134-597 or (39-091) 8574-810, a single room costs 45 euros a night, about $54 at $1.20 to the euro, and includes a breakfast of toast, croissants, fruit and coffee. Dinner for two, 30 to 40 euros.

At the Agriturismo Terre di Corleoneoutside Corleone, (39-339) 5247-626, rooms start at 40 euros, with a light breakfast.

Another farmhouse-inn in the Jato Valley that may be worth a stopover — though it is not part of the program for confiscated Mafia properties — isAgriturismo Sant'Agata, on the road between Piana degli Albanesi and Corleone; (39-338) 459-8654; It has 24 beds, a pool and a restaurant serving local food. Rooms are 60 euros a person for doubles, 75 for singles, with breakfast and dinner.

We had a good meal at the Leon D'Orohotel and restaurant in Corleone; Contrada Punzonotto; (39-091) 846-4287. At Agriturismo Argomesi di Riolo Giorgio, (39-091) 856-1008, a country retreat outside Piana degli Albanesi, a nice dinner for two was 30 euros. 

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