Gangster sites around the world – Gangster tourism is an odd concept but lets be honest all of us have a little bit of a weird fascination with gangsters, especially of the romantic past. We tend to give them ‘morals’ and even ‘ethics’ and quite the industry has built up around that. Many books and movies, such as the new film Gangster Squad, capitalise on our fascination and interest in seeing a window into their world.
Gangster sites around the world
Gangsters rise to fame in all sorts of places and the obvious such as Capone dra quite a crowd to see his old stomping grounds and relive stories from the past. Of course this kind of tourism is a bit odd but hey it’s different at least! Below is some info related to various gangster sites across the globe thanks to MSN.
Dubbed “Chicago’s original gangster tour,”Untouchable Tours (by gangster tours Chicago, Illinois) is a two-hour ride in a blacked-out school bus that takes visitors to the historic gangster sites of Jazz-Era Chicago. Dressed in zoot suits, your guides — with names like “Al Dente,” “Southside,” and “Ice Pick” — bring the city’s Prohibition history to life, visiting infamous crime scenes such as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
The Black Dahlia’ in L.A.
Examine Los Angeles’ dark underbelly on a tour withEsotouric, a company that offers real-crime-themed bus adventures across the city. You’ll learn about secret crimes that were committed by Depression-era thugs and hear gory stories of police corruption that inspired film-noir flicks like “L.A. Confidential” and “The Black Dahlia” . Esotouric tours include Blood and Dumplings, LA Noir and the Real Black Dahlia.
Don Corleone’s Italy
On your next trip to Italy, follow in the footsteps of Don Corleone and explore Sicily. 500 Vintage Tour, a self-drive, classic-car tour company, offers an excursion called “On the Steps of the Godfather,” in which you visit the iconic towns of Sicily in a sporty Fiat 500. You’ll visit key “Godfather” shooting locations, including Bar Vitelli, one of director Francis Ford Coppola’s favorite spots, and the Church of Santa Lucia, where Michael Corleone was wed. You can also stay at the Francis Ford Coppola resort in Sicily.
‘The Sopranos’ in New Jersey
Yes, it’s been off the air for almost six years now, but for aficionados who can’t let go of Tony Soprano, get your “Sopranos” fix with a four-hour private limo tour by On Locations Tours. Visit some of the show’s most famous spots, like gritty gentleman’s club Bada Bing; the steps where Chris was shot; and the restaurant where Tony sat in that controversial series finale. Sadly Tony Lip dies recently.
The Kray brothers’ London
Fans of Guy Ritchie’s British crime-caper flick, “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”, will enjoy a two-hour celebrity-guided walking tour of gangster London. Actor Stephen Marcus will take you around the city’s East End, an area once ruled by ruthless twin gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray in the 1960s, plus explore other famous gangster locales.
Gangsters in Shanghai
Newman Tours’ Shanghai gangster tour, a two-hour walking adventure around the former French Concession (what’s that?), shares the inside scoop on the crime bosses, con men and organized opium dealers who once ruled the city. Learn about “Big-Eared” Du (see photos), “Pockmarked” Huang (photos) and other notorious Chinese gangsters from the 1930s. Dressed in period costumes (like what?), you’ll learn to cheat at blackjack (play it now) and participate in a cops-versus-robbers shooting competition.
More can be found from the source on MSN.
So, have you ever done any of these tours or would it be something you would like to do?
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