Enjoy the Best of Italy on our World War II Tour to Palermo, Gela, and Troina, Sicily;
Salerno, Monte Lungo, San Pietro, Cassino, Gran Sasso, Anzio, and Rome
Alpventures Battleground Italy Tour heads directly from Rome Fiumicino Airport by flight to Palermo, Sicily. We spend our first night in Palermo then continue south through Patton's Seventh Army area at Caltanissetta to the landing beaches at Licata and Gela. Discover the historic city of Siracusa (Syracuse) on the island's eastern shores, and visit the impressive War Museum in Catania. You will also see the infamous Mount Etna during our two nights in the enchanting resort of Taormina, before we head north across the Strait of Messina. Enjoy the beauty of the majestic Amalfi Coast as we make our way to the ancient Roman ruins of Paestum and the Salerno Beachhead. Take in a full Cassino Battlefield Tour, including Mignano Pass, Monte Lungo, San Pietro Infine and finishing at the famous Monastery of Montecassino. From southern Italy we continue north to Anzio and Nettuno. The Tour concludes with a visit to the Sicily - Rome American Cemetery near Anzio. We spend our last night near the Rome Fiumicino Airport.
Near Troina and Mt. Etna, Sicily (April 2012)
Hill 593 overlooking Montecassino (September 2010)
At the foot of Gran Sasso, Italy (April 2012)
Cassino War Cemetery with Montecassino (April 2012)
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Battleground Italy Tour
April 18 - 30, 2018
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April 18: IN FLIGHT - to Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
NOTE: This is your departure date (if leaving from the USA). The Tour actually begins the following day at the Rome Airport, when the Tour Group gets together for the first time. It is also possible to come in to Rome a day or two early and do some sightseeing on your own. Contact us for details: 1 (888) 991-6718.
April 19: ROME - PALERMO
Group Meeting Point: Rome FCO Airport, Terminal A (Domestic), Departure Level Entrance. Join us today as our Tour group meets at Rome Leonardo di Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport and we take our afternoon 1-hour flight from Rome to Palermo, Sicily. Afternoon sightseeing in Palermo as we transfer to our hotel for check-in and dinner. Special Welcome Dinner and orientation tonight. Overnight Palermo. (D)
April 20: GELA - SIRACUSA
Breakfast. This morning we check out ouf our hotel and head south through Patton's Seventh Army area at Caltanissetta to the southern coast of the island. Lunch en route. Afternoon Tour the American landing beaches at Licata and Gela. Late afternoon transfer to historic Siracusa (Syracuse) for check-in. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Siracusa. (B)
April 21: CATANIA - TROINA
Breakfast. Hotel check out. Today we continue along the eastern coast of Sicily to Catania to visit the Historical War Museum of the landings in Sicily. Lunch. Afternoon transfer to Savoca, one of the locations where "The Godfather" was filmed. Continue to beautiful Taormina for hotel check in and dinner. Overnight Taormina. (B, D)
April 22: TAORMINA
Breakfast Full Day at leisure in Taormina, for optional sightseeing, shopping, or just relaxing in our wonderful hotel with great views of the sea and Mt. Etna. Optional full day excusrion to Troina, the "highest town in Sicily," to see where American forces encountered their worst battle on the island. Other options might include a visit to the impressive Greek Theatre ruins overlooking the town of Taormina and the beautiful landscape. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Taormina. (B)
April 23: MESSINA - CALABRIA
Breakfast and hotel check out. Morning transfer north to Messina for lunch and the ferry ride to Villa san Giovanni. Continue north to Castrovillari in the beautiful Pollino National Park for check-in at our hotel and dinner. Overnight Morano Calabro. (B, D)
April 24: PAESTUM - SALERNO
Breakfast. Hotel Check out. We continue our journey north toward the Bay of Salerno with lunch enroute. Visit the American landing beaches and see the memorials with free time for visiting the Roman ruins of Paestum. Continue to our hotel for check-in and dinner. Overnight Paestum. (B, D)
April 25: MONTE CASSINO
Breakfast. This morning we check out ouf our Salerno Hotel and continue north to Cassino for a Battlefield Tour of Gustav Line sites. Here we will learn about the drive to the Gustav Line and battle for Cassino. Tour the Mignano Pass with stops in Monte Lungo and San Pietro Infine. Lunch. Afternoon visit to the Abbey of Montecassino (or optional 25 minute walk to the Polish War Cemetery). Late afternoon transfer to our hotel for check-in and dinner. Overnight Cassino. (B, D)
April 26: CASSINO / POMPEII
Breakfast. Full day at leisure with the option of visiting nearby Pompeii OR Herculaneum. Afternoon return to our hotel near Cassino. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Cassino. (B)
April 27: GRAN SASSO
Breakfast and hotel check out this morning. Morning stop at the Rapido River (36th Infantry Division crossings) and visit the Cassino War Cemetery (Commonwealth Cemetery). We continue north with a scenic drive through the Abruzzo National Park into the remote Apennines Mountains. Lunch en route. Afternoon arrival in Fonte Cerreto to see the Villetta Inn, where Benito Musolini was imprisoned in September 1943. Continue by cable-car to Gran Sasso d'Italia. Tour of Campo Imperatore, where Mussolini was rescued by Skorzeny's Commando. Hotel check in and dinner at Campo Imperatore. Overnight Campo Imperatore. (B, D)
April 28: LATINA - ANZIO
Breakfast. Hotel check out and transfer south to Latina for lunch. Afternoon visit to the impressive Piana delle Orme Museum. Continue to our sea-side hotel near Anzio for check-in. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Nettuno. (B)
April 29: ANZIO / NETTUNO
Breakfast. Morning visit to the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno. Lunch and free time in Anzio / Nettuno for optional sightseeing and/or shopping. Afternoon transfer to Fiumicino near the Rome Airport and relax before our Farewell Dinner tonight. Overnight Fiumicino. (B, D)
April 30: IN FLIGHT - from Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
Battleground Italy Tour
April 18 - 30, 2018
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