Milan celebrates properties confiscated from the mafia

11-16 April. 6th edition of Milan’s legality drive.

In a move to make residents aware of how Milan and Lombardy is successfully fighting organised crime, scores of properties sequestered from convicted mafiosi will be open – most of them at no charge – to the public this week.

The properties will host meetings, shows, music, screenings, book presentations and kids’ activities, most of them designed with a view to spreading a culture of legality in local schools.

Writers, actors, magistrates and politicians active in the anti-mafia field will be on hand to explain and illustrate the way Italy is working to combat organised crime, known generically as “the mafia”.

Houses, farms, villas, vehicles and companies can be confiscated by Italian courts and turned over to local authorities to be put to use of the community.

dedicated page on the city hall website provides an interactive map of the properties in and around Milan which are participating in the festival. Clicking the location will show why the property was sequestered and how it is now being put to use. The page also carries a calendar of the events planned for the week.

The main mafias, or organised crime syndicates, in Italy are: Cosa Nostra (Sicily, originally known as “the Mafia” before the term became used more widely), ‘Ndrangheta (Calabria), Camorra (Campania) and Sacra Corona Unita (Puglia). Although originally based in the regions quoted, the first three have in recent years expanded their activity outside their home territory, Cosa Nostra principally to the Americas, and ‘Ndrangheta and Camorra to northern Italy and beyond, especially to northern Europe.