The Italian Campaign featuring Salerno, Anzio & Monte Cassino

Visiting: Salerno & Caserta, Monte Cassino, Hill 593, Snakeshead Ridge & the Liri Valley, Anzio, Minturno & Cassino Town, Sangro & Ortona, Milan, Salerno, Florence, Cassino War Cemetery, Ravenna


Tour Operator: Leger Holidays


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Tour Overview

Join us on a tour of the Italian Battlefields. The ‘soft under-belly’ of the Third Reich, Italy saw some of the toughest fighting in WW2.

Itinerary

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Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

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To the Cremona or Milan area for an overnight stay.

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Continue south through Italy, making a stop at Florence War Cemetery en-route to Cassino for a six-night stay.

icon Day 4 Salerno & Caserta

Location: Salerno & Caserta

We start our tour at Salerno, where British forces landed in 1943. We see the beach head and the Roman Ruins where the Americans fought. We visit Salerno War Cemetery, seeing the grave of the great-grandson of the Duke of Wellington, and then on to to the beachhead area, seeing where the British and American troops landed, before taking lunch close to the Greek-Roman ruins at Paestum. In the afternoon, we travel to Caserta, visiting the War Cemetery, looking at the story of Yorkshire and England cricketer, Hedley Verity, and see where General Alexander had his headquarters during the Italian Campaign.

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Location: Monte Cassino

We travel up to the monastery on Monte Cassino, seeing the incredible view, and visit the Polish War Cemetery. After lunchtime in Cassino, we visit Cassino War Cemetery and the Cassino Memorial. We end the day at the German War Cemetery.

icon Day 6 Hill 593, Snakeshead Ridge & the Liri Valley

Location: Hill 593, Snakeshead Ridge & the Liri Valley

We continue with our look at Monte Cassino with a specially arranged visit to Hill 593 and Snakeshead Ridge, where much of the actual fighting took place. We also walk down to Albaneta Farm and the wreck of a Sherman Tank, now a memorial to Polish troops. After lunch, we look at the fighting in the Liri Valley, seeing the ground at Acquino Aerodrome and looking at the Hitler Line defences between Acquino and Pontecorvo, before ending the day at the Gari/Rapido River, the scene of a disastrous American assault in 1944.

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Location: Anzio

Today, we look at the Battle of Anzio, seeing the Sicily Rome American War Cemetery at Nettuno before having lunch in the seaside town of Anzio. After lunch, we see the Anzio War Museum, Anzio War Cemetery and the Beachhead Cemetery, before going to the infamous Flyover at Campo di Cane, scene of heavy fighting in 1944.

icon Day 8 Minturno & Cassino Town

Location: Minturno & Cassino Town

We head south from Cassino to visit Minturno War Cemetery and examine the river crossing at the Garigliano. After lunch, we have some free time in Cassino town.

icon Day 9 Sangro & Ortona

Location: Sangro & Ortona

We depart Cassino and head north today, traveling to the Adriatic coast at Ortona, where we have a short walking tour of the town seeing where street-to-street and house-to-house fighting took place. Ortona was a place of great Canadian sacrifice in December 1943. We also visit the war museum and spend lunchtime in the town. In the afternoon, we visit the Canadian dead at the Moro River War Cemetery and end the day in the Sangro Valley and Sangro War Cemetery. From here we travel along the Adriatic coast to our hotel in the Ravenna area, discussing the Gothic Line battles along the way.

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We depart the Ravenna area and cross the area of the final battles in Italy in 1945, pausing for lunch before we continue to our overnight hotel in the Austrian Tyrol.

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Travel through Germany to Belgium for an overnight stay.

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Return home.

Accommodation

You will stay for six nights at the 4-star Best Western Hotel Rocca in Cassino. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lift and lounge.

Overnight stay in the Ravenna area and in Austria will be in a minimum 3-star hotel.

Overnight stays in northern France, northern Italy and Belgium will be in city-style hotels.

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Monday Oct 11, 2021

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Monday May 09, 2022

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Monday Oct 10, 2022

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Monday May 08, 2023

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Monday Oct 09, 2023

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Monday, Oct 11, 2021

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Monday, May 09, 2022

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Monday, Oct 10, 2022

12Nights

11Available

Monday, May 08, 2023

12Nights

14Available

Monday, Oct 09, 2023

12Nights

11Available