One of my home countries, Italy, is a true gem of culture and surprises altogether. Italy is home to things that happen almost ONLY there.
If you’re traveling to Italy you should know that Religion plays a phenomenal role as powerful people often turn out to be venerated as saints once they pass away. It has happened in Napoli, it has happened in the south of Italy and now it happened in Rome.
Today is the case of Vittorio Casamonica. Vittorio Casamonica was the head of the mafia family and of the homonymous criminal clan. They are big in drug dealing and usury, and unsurprisingly they have never been convicted even though they are known to most people as one of the four main famiglie who rule the drugs and racket underworld of Rome.
Thing is, Dear Reader, Vittorio Casamonica passed away on Wednesday night and his funeral has attracted the viral attention of the media and widespread criticism from people in general. The family never seemed to hide their lavish lifestyle and even for the funeral they paraded their black horses carriages and Rolls-Royce:
On August 20th the Italian media gave plenty of coverage on the sumptuous funeral for Vittorio Casamonica. The Godfather music in the background, lavish carriage, Rolls-Royce, helicopter throwing rose petals, all in the San Giovanni Bosco cathedral, south east area of Rome where the clan used to have its biggest activity.
This is how mafia bosses are regarded. Still.