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7 Nights
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7 Nights
2 Persons
No children

The Capaci Massacre told by Antonio Vassallo

The Capaci massacre was a terrorist attack that took place on May 23, 1992 in Capaci, a town near Palermo (Sicily) and it became a symbol of the fight against the mafia in Italy.

During the attack, a powerful explosive charge was detonated as a car bomb passed by the convoy of an anti-mafia judge, Giovanni Falcone, who was about to return home after attending a conference in Rome. In the explosion, Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo, and three bodyguards lost their lives.

The Capaci massacre was one of the most devastating attacks carried out by the mafia in Italy and it represented a crucial turning point in the fight against organized crime in the country. The attack sparked outrage nationally and internationally, leading to a strengthening of security measures and intensified efforts in the fight against the mafia.

The Capaci attack was followed by the Via D'Amelio massacre in Palermo just two months later, in which Judge Paolo Borsellino and five bodyguards lost their lives. These events deeply shook Italy and served as a significant push to combat the mafia even more determinedly.

On Sunday, August 6th, Antonio Vassallo will be in Grado to give us his testimony. Antonio, a professional photographer, was one of the first to arrive at the scene of the Capaci massacre. He left after one of the survivors of the attack, the policeman Angelo Corbo, still in shock, pointed a gun at him, almost killing him. When he returned a few minutes later, his photos were seized by two suspicious individuals. The photos never reached the investigators. Even today, people wonder what and who Antonio unintentionally photographed.

The meeting will take place at the Velarium of Spiaggia Git at 6:00 PM (at the Grand Hotel Astoria in case of bad weather). The Hotel Savoy has offered accommodation to Mr. Vassallo, who has come to the island directly from Palermo in response to our invitation. 
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Airports nearby 23 km from the International Airport of Trieste 126 km from the International Airport of Venice 160 km from the International Airport of Ljubljana
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