Interior architecture of historic Abby of Montecassino in Italy

In the Footsteps of Italian History Tour: From Antiquity to Contemporary

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Rome, Anzio, Montecassino, Naples...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

The Second World War forever changed Europe, from Britain in the north to Sicily in the south, leaving trails in the form of stories now illuminated in Italy, leading you from Rome to the Amalfi Coast. Your custom tailored tour brings history to life, from the Italian beaches on which the allies landed to the former German Embassy in Rome that the SS turned into a jail, imprisoning members of the Italian Resistance. From occupation to liberation, you will explore and discover the unique stories...

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience the thrill of walking on the beaches the Allies landed on during their operations to take back Italy from German forces in World War II
  • Traverse the renovated grounds of the Abbey at Montecassino, home to a decisive battle and bombing due to its proximity to the Gustav Line
  • Wander the opulent grounds of Caserta Palace where Germany signed their unconditional surrender, bringing the European war to an end
  • Discover the unique stories and tumultuous history of Rome during World War II in the Museum of the Liberation of Rome
  • Relish a day at leisure in the beauty of the Amalfi Coast to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea, gorgeous landscape, and visit to ancient Pompeii
  • Traverse the Amalfi Coast to reach the city of Salerno, the temporary capital of Italy before the liberation of Rome
  • Tour the beauty of Rome with a private guide for insight into the opulent history of the Eternal City, highlighting the importance of what was worth saving from Nazi destruction

Detailed Description

Your 8-day tour takes you from Rome to the Amalfi Coast, visiting the beaches of Anzio and the Abbey of Montecassino in the footsteps of large battles and hidden retaliations led by the Italian Resistance. The landscape, accompanied by museum galleries, offers unique insight into the true stories of the war fought across Europe. The journey begins with your arrival in Rome at Fiumicino Airport. Your private transfer escorts you to an opulent hotel that was once a palace in the historic city center.

Follow your guide on a half-day tour of Rome’s historic beauty highlighting the importance of the art, architecture, and culture in need of saving from occupation. The next day, you visit the Museum of the Liberation of Rome on Via Tasso for a detailed perspective of what was once the German Embassy before it became the SS headquarters. Your private transfer meets you at the hotel the next morning and escorts you to the coast at Anzio, where the Allied forces staged their landing. Explore the caves, Museum of Anzio, and American Monumental Cemetery before embarking on a private cruise for a view of the shoreline in an attempt to see the coast as the Allies had.

Next, you transfer to Montecassino to tour the abbey once bombed by Allied forces in an attempt to break through the Gustav Line. Your guide will point out the German stronghold, along with the elements of the abbey restructured over the decades. Then, you travel south to Naples, stopping for a tour of the Palace of Caserta, where the Germans signed their unconditional surrender. Reach your luxurious palace-style accommodations in Positano to enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Next, you travel the length of the Amalfi Coast with a guide, visiting small towns at your whim and pleasure before reaching the Salerno. The coastal city once served as the capital of Italy before the liberation of Rome. The following day is at your leisure to enjoy, relax, and discover at your preferred pace. Traverse the streets of Positano, venture to the island of Capri, or wander the vast grounds of the ancient city of Pompeii. On the final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel in Positano and escorts you to Naples International Airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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