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The Italian Campaign featuring Salerno, Anzio & Monte Cassino


12 days from £1,149pp

About the tour: The Italian Campaign featuring Salerno, Anzio & Monte Cassino


Tour Introduction

In September 1943, during World War 2, British troops landed at Salerno as a result of Operation Avalanche. This led Winston Churchill to see Italy as the ‘soft under-belly’ of the Third Reich and a costly battle in the country followed. On this tour we take a look at some of the most iconic battles such as the landings at Anzio and the fighting for Monte Cassino. We also see how different nations played a role in the battles in Italy, as we see sights such as the Polish Cemetery at Cassino.

Tour Includes


  • 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 9 evening meals
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
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Tour Itinerary

Mon 13th May 2019: Cassino 75 Commemorations - On this date we will follow the itinerary for Days 1 to 4. On Days 5-7 (the weekend of the Cassino 75 commemorations) we will visit sites in and around Cassino and attend special events and ceremonies. On Day 8 we will visit Anzio, and Days 9 to 12 will operate as normal.

Day 1

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

Day 2

To the Cremona or Milan area for an overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

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

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Florence War Cemetery

Florence War Cemetery (2)

Key Visits

  • Florence War Cemetery

Day 4 - 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.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Salerno War Cemetery

Salerno War Cemetery (4)

Key Visits

  • Salerno War Cemetery
  • Beachhead area
  • Paestum Ruins
  • Caserta War Cemetery

Day 5 - Monte Cassino

We travel up to the monastary 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.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Monte Cassino Abbey

Monte Cassino Abbey (4)

Key Visits

  • Monte Cassino War Cemetery
  • Cassino Historiale Museum
  • Monte Cassino Abbey
  • Polish War Cemetery
  • German War Cemetery

Day 6 - 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.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Snakeshead Ridge

Snakeshead Ridge (3)

Key Visits

  • Snakeshead Ridge
  • Albaneta Farm
  • Polish Sherman Tank Memorial
  • Acquino
  • Rapido River

Day 7 - Anzio

Today, we look at the Battle of Anzio, seeing the US 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 Casni, scene of fighting in 1944.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Nettuno US Cemetery

Nettuno US Cemetery (3)

Key Visits

  • Nettuno US Cemetery
  • Anzio War Museum
  • Anzio Flyover

Day 8 - Minturno & Cassino Town

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

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Minturno War Cemetery

Minturno War Cemetery (3)

Key Visits

  • Minturno War Cemetery
  • Cassino

Day 9 - Sangro & Ortona

We depart Cassino and head north today, travelling 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 Ravenna, discussing the Gothic Line battles along the way.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Ortona

Ortona (3)

Key Visits

  • Ortona
  • Sangro War Cemetery

Day 10

We depart Ravenna 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.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11

Travel through Germany to Belgium for an overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 12

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Please note: Day 6 will involve some walking.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Historiale Museum at Cassino will close in October 2017. This means it will not be possible for us to visit the museum on our tour in 2018 which was due to take place on Day Five. The town of Cassino, who run the museum, have no plans to re-open it or any other museum at present, and there are no other war museums in Cassino. The lunch on this day will no longer be possible due to the closure of the Historiale Museum where the lunch would have taken place. 

 

Pre-Tour Reading

A selection of related books for pre or post tour reading.

  • Blackwell, I. - Anzio (Pen & Sword 2006)
  • Caddick-Adams,P. - Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell (Preface 2012)
  • Ford, K. - Monte Cassino 1944 (Osprey 2004)
  • Konstam, A. - Salerno 1943 (Pen & Sword 2007)
  • Orgill, D. - The Gothic Line (various editions)
  • Rowe, P. - Monte Cassino: Then & Now (After the Battle 2011)
  • Zaloga, S.J. - Anzio 1944 (Osprey 2005)

Passenger Information

The Tour


The Italian Campaign Battlefield Tour takes in the key areas of fighting from the invasion of mainland Italy in September 1943 to the breakout at Cassino and Anzio in May 1944. We will also have a look at some of the fighting on the Gothic Line in August/September 1944.

Foreign Currency


The Italian Campaign tour takes place in mainland Europe and therefore you will only need the Euro. You are advised to get Euros – in cash – in advance of your tour, as most banks in Italy do not provided currency exchange services.

What to Bring


The weather in Italy can be extreme - very hot and sometimes very wet and cold. So it is advisable to bring sensible clothing to cater for this; loose clothing for the hot weather, a hat and sun cream are all idea. Pack a fleece and waterproof – just in case! When we visit sites like the Monastery at Monte Cassino you will not be allowed to dress in shorts, so make sure you have at least one pair of trousers. Your guide will advise during the tour. As some of the terrain we visit can be rough you are also advised to have some sensible shoes; a pair of good trainers or walking boots being ideal.

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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Hotel

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

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

Overnight stay in Austria will be in a minimum 3-star hotel.

Best Western Hotel Rocca

Best Western Hotel Rocca

About the hotel

The Rocca Hotel is a 4-star hotel in Cassino, situated close to the world-famous Montecassino Abbey. The hotel was built by Francesco Rocca, who dreamed as a boy of owning the best hotel in the area when he grew up. With his tenacity, he made his dream come true and built a 68-room hotel with a huge adjoining restaurant. Today the hotel provides an ideal base for exploring the history and World War 2 battlefields around the Italian Campaign. The hotel has a bar, restaurant, lounge and lift. All bedrooms have air-conditioning, T.V., and free Wi-Fi.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan

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Travel Extras

With an overnight stay, a Door-to-Door pick up or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Stay overnight near Dover

Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

Door-to-Door service

On Battlefield tours of 7 days’ duration or more, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point. If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining points we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer vehicle, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. The cost is just £30 per booking each way for up to four people per booking.

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge – please enquire at the time of booking.

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