Best known for the Godfather movies with a Mafia boss by the same name, some people come to Corleone just to soak it all in. But known also as "the city of a hundred churches," there are also many historic sights to see in the city. The Saracena tower, with its breathtaking views of the Corleone River, dates back to the 11th century. The Cathedral of San Martin Vescovo from the 1300's has valuable artifacts from the 16th century on display inside. And Santurio della Madonna del Rosario di Taglavia is a religious shrine from the 19th century that pilgrims still visit every year on Ascension Day.
But most people still come to gawk at the place where real-life Mafia bosses live alongside normal people. The most famous Corleone event in recent history was the arrest of Bernardo Provenzano on April 11, 2006. He had been hiding from authorities for more than 40 years. For those with a hunger to know more (and not afraid of Don Corleone), the Mafia Documentation Center is also located in Corleone, and has been dedicated to researching the Mafia since 1977. If you're visiting Corleone as part of a Godfather tour, the city is on the western part of the island, inland from Palermo and Montelepre. Good hotels on a budget can be found at EasyToBook.com.
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