The Italian campaign

The Italian campaign

Start: Catania End: Rome Days: 11 Nights: 10 Price: From €4,290

The Italian campaign

Visitors exploring Italy’s World War II history, need expert knowledge and guidance as they encounter sites where the memory of the Fascist Era has been muted, a dark period best forgotten. Unlike Normandy, the Italian beaches are not dotted with monuments to the invading forces. Our Italian Campaign Tour provides a unique balance of Roman, Renaissance and 20th Century history. Join our 11-day journey to the highlights of this legacy, through Catania, Paestum, and Monte Cassino. This tour ends in Rome, site of Mussolini’s coup d’etat. Along the way you will visit the ancient city of Pompeii, the historically preserved village San Pietro Infine and landing beaches of Anzio and Nettuno, taking in the Italian countryside and enjoying amenities of one of the world’s most tasteful countries.

Book the tour

Tour Operator: Beyond Band of Brothers Tours

811 Corporate Drive, Suite 108
40503
Lexington - Kentucky
United States
+1-888-335-1996

On the map

Program of the tour

Day 1

Passengers are greeted at Catania Airport in Sicily and transferred to our hotel. Free time is available to settle in, spend time in the hotel or enjoy a walk around town. The tour’s events begin in the evening with a welcome drink and a presentation of the tour program.

 

Day 2

We tour the landing sites from Gela to Licata, followed by a visit to the memorial dedicated to the 82nd Airborne close to the Ponte Dirillo Bridge. In the afternoon we explore the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

Day 3

In the morning we visit the Historical Museum of the Landings in Catania. Afterwards we take a walking tour in the Baroque city center. In the afternoon we visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery located in a grove just outside of Catania with a view of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. From here we go to the valley of Motta St. Anastasia to visit the German war mausoleum.

 

Day 4

We travel to Paestum with frequent stops on the way. The journey includes a ferry crossing through the Strait of Messina to mainland Italy, the scene of the daring German evacuation to the Italian mainland at the end of the battle for Sicily. We tour sites in the Paestum area related to the Salerno landings.

 

Day 5

In the morning we drive to Pompeii and explore the famously preserved ancient site. We then travel on to Cassino.

 

Day 6

We head to the reconstructed Benedictine Abbey of Monte Cassino, where we learn about the offensive against the Gustav Line. We then drive to San Pietro Infine, a village frozen in time as it was abandoned during heavy shelling. It now serves as a monument to the suffering and devastation caused by war.

 

Day 7

We start the day at the Piana delle Orme Museum, one of the best private war museums in the world. In the afternoon, we journey to Anzio and Nettuno, the site of the amphibious landing of Operation Shingle in January 1944. We stop at the beach of the Allied Landing. We then drive to Rome for the night.

 

Day 8

We tour Rome in the footsteps of Mussolini. We visit the Liberation Museum, located in the former local Gestapo Headquarters, Mussolini’s Balcony, where he delivered rousing speeches to his followers, and other World War II related sites in the Eternal City.

 

Day 9

We spend the morning paying our respects at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, where 7,862 American soldiers are buried. In the afternoon we visit the Vatican Museum and St Peter’s Basilica.

 

Day 10

Since no visit to Rome can be complete without visiting the Coliseum, we discover the most important ancient remains of the Italian capital with a guided tour. In the afternoon we offer free time to visit other famous sites like the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps

 

Day 11

Passengers are transported to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport for their return flights home.

Highlights

We are testing some new exciting features, so the website may be a bit slow to respond.