Rotary Wheel

The Rotary Club of Colwall in the Malvern Hills


The Tour will include the major Battlefields of The Italian Campaign, from Salerno to Rome, as well as a number of Cultural Visits.

We will travel from Worcester to Bristol Airport by Luxury Coach, for our Flight to Italy on Sunday 15th October, and on our return, the coach will meet us at Bristol Airport for the return journey to Worcester.

We will be met at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport by our English speaking driver, and Luxury Coach, who will be with us for the duration of the Tour in Italy

We will depart from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport for Bristol, late evening on 21st October.

John Cotterill will be our tour guide, and will be with us for the duration of our visit to Italy

Whilst the Itinerary has not yet been finalised, it will be based on the Draft Itinerary, which is attached to this E mail.

Until I have an idea of the number of Rotarians and Wives, as well as interested friends, who might like to take part in the Tour, it is not possible to put a firm price on the Tour, but I am hopeful that the final price will come out at approximately £650.p.p.

If you are interested in taking part in the Tour, please would you let me know as soon as possible, by sending me a brief E mail to [email protected] or call me 07770 834 050

Sun 15 Oct
Worcester to Salerno
Overnight Salerno

Mon 16 Oct
Battle of Salerno
Uncle Red Beach

Fiocche Tobacco Factory
Op AVALANCHE amphibious landings
9 Sep 43

German counter attacks 10-13 Sep 1943

Battle of Salerno
Salerno CWGC Cemetery
Fight for the high ground and Allied breakout
12-14 Sep 1943

Salerno summary and British casualties

Cultural Visit to Pestum - The ruins of Paestum are famous for their three ancient Greek temples dating from about 600 to 450 BC, which are in a very good state of preservation.

Overnight Salerno

Tues 17 Oct

Cultural visit to Herculaneum - Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD.

Battle of Cassino
Monte Trocchio
River Rapido
Intro to Gustav Line battles of winter 1943-44
US 36 Div river crossing. 20 Jan 1944

Cultural Visit to Caserta - Royal Palace at Caserta and Gardens, a World Heritage Sites, are treasures of truly incomparable splendor. Commissioned by Charles III of Bourbon in the 1700s,

Overnight Cassino

Wed. 18th October

Visit the Monastery at Monte Cassino with Guided Tour

Battle of Cassino
Point 593 & Snakeshead Ridge
Cavendish Road
4 Indian Div takes over battle from 34 US Div

Indian/NZ Armoured raid 19 Mar 44 Cassino
Castle & Hangman’s Hills Cassino
Polish Cemetery Cassino
Cassino CWGC Cemetery
4 Indian Div v. 1 German Para Div 15-25 Mar 44
Polish Corps attack 12-18 May 44

Cassino summary and British casualties

Cantina Cominium - Wine tasting
Overnight Cassino

Thurs 19 Oct

Battle of Anzio

Anzio Harbour & Peter Beach
Op SHINGLE Landings 22 Jan 44.
Campoleone Station & Cisterna
The Wadis
Beachhead CWGC Cemetery

Anzio summary and Act of Remembrance

Overnight Anzio

Fri 20 Oct

War in Italy.

Nettuno US War Cemetery

Via Ardeatina caves

Italian partisans and 24 Mar 44 Massacre

Cultural visit Rome

Overnight Rome

Sat. 21. Oct

Cultural visit Rome.

Evening Rome to Bristol

Late Evening Bristol to Worcester

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