2017 Hill Towns
We are planning a return to Italy for June 9-18
June 2017. The trip will focus entirely on the Hill Towns, the
exception being our traditional visit to the Florence American
Cemetery and Memorial, and will keep optional side trips to a
minimum. It is our hope to visit battle sites related to the
February-April 1945 operations in more detail than in the past, as
well as get off the big buses to see some of the more out of the way
but nevertheless important sites in the area. Of course we will
still enjoy the traditional hospitality of our hosts and friends in
the villages along the way and will offer non-combat activities such
as the highly popular cooking class to the extent possible. Those
who wish to add some traditional sightseeing to their itinerary can
certainly do so on either the front or back end of the group trip.
We are completing the itinerary details now
with our travel partner, Intertrav, and with our hosts in Italy.
The current trip outline is as follows:
Friday 06/09: Depart U.S.
for Florence Italy
Saturday 06/10: Arrive in Florence, travel to Sienna
for afternoon sightseeing, opening dinner, and overnight.
Sunday 06/11: Morning:
Florence American Cemetery Program, followed by lunch.
Afternoon: travel to Lizzano/Vidiciatico
Monday 06/12: Combat route orientation bus tour:
Lizzano to Tole, visit Gaggio Montano and surrounding points.
Tues 06/13- Fri 06/16: Hill Towns program of
visits to important battle sites (to include Riva Ridge, Mt.
Belvedere, Mt. Terminale, Mt. Della Spe, c Torre Iussi, Monte Croce,
and others), surrounding points of interest, visits with our friends
in the surrounding villages, traditional evening festivals in
Lizzano and Vidiciatico.
Saturday 06/17: Morning departures for either an
optional Florence tour, or visit to Tole and surrounding battle
sites otherwise. Farewell dinner in Florence
Sunday 06/18 Depart Florence
for flights to the U.S.
Intertrav Corp. will be sending registration
materials to current members of TMDD, and to members of the National
Association. If you are not current member, or if you did not
receive the brochure please contact Intertrav Corp. directly on
1-800-624-8338 and ask for either Mary or David. In addition we
will continue to post updates here and on the appropriate web sites
and Face Book pages so please keep an eye out for those … Sempre