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Return to Italy
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2017 Hill Towns Discovery

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 Avanti!

 

 

 

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