"It sounded like something from a mafia movie."
Creative Commons AttributionMafia - Credit: Alberto P. Veiga

The Mafia is the scourge of Sicily and southern Italy, made up of criminal organisations in the form of 'families' that govern the underworld. Usually these families govern a territory, disregarding established authority such as government and police.

The real mafia is a far picture from the glamor of the movies, and is still very much a reality

Is the Mafia still powerful in Italy?