All Roads Lead to Rome: The Italian Campaign of World War II

Open to All Ensworth Alumni and Their Families

June 26–July 8, 2020
Called “The Forgotten Campaign,” the Allied effort in Italy was of tremendous significance for the outcome of WWII. Marty Morgan of Stephen Ambrose Tours will lead Ensworth Alumni families through Italy as we experience Italian culture, history, and explore The Italian Campaign, where modern war took place in medieval cities and alongside ancient landmarks built and occupied by the Ancient Greeks, Romans, Normans, and Ottomans.

Join us as we travel through major Italian cities and cultural highlights Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Siena, Paestum, Pompeii, Capri, Anzio, and Sorrento, for guided historical and cultural excursions.

For more information, contact David Chanaca (

Preliminary Itinerary — June 26–July 8, 2020

List of 13 items.

  • Day 1: Flight, June 26

    Flight from Nashville to Fiumicino Airport, Rome.
  • DAY 2 Paestum – June 27

    After landing in Rome, the group will travel by luxury motor coach to Paestum. In the evening we will have dinner and our historian will provide an introduction and briefing on what to expect during the tour.
  • DAY 3 Sorrento – June 28

    We begin the day at the beaches near Paestum on the Gulf of Salerno. Here is where the 36th Division came ashore in September 1943. We will visit the 36th Division Monument and its surrounding park that have been restored over the past several years before we proceed to the ruins.

    The ancient Greeks came to this area around 650 BC and settled there after viewing the wide-open beaches, the scenic beauty and the potential of the fertile land. Later, we will cross the Sele Bridge on our drive to Maiori (on the left flank of the invasion). By the end of the day, we will climb the precipitous Chiunzi Pass where the Rangers crossed and held as a strategic position for moving across the Sorrento Peninsula. We return to the Sorrento hotel for the evening.
  • DAY 4 Sorrento – June 29

    The group will take the ferry across to the verdant, flower strewn Isle of Capri. Medieval churches, villas, scenic walks and pleasant cafes are just part of the appeal. As options you can choose to take a short trip to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD, or just enjoy the charming town of Sorrento. We will return to Sorrento for the night.
  • DAY 5 Cassino – June 30

    We depart Sorrento after breakfast, heading to Cassino on the Appian Way and travel through the Mignano Pass to the Mount Lungo Museum. Monte Cassino, San Pietro, and Monte Lungo formed the defensive line dominating the approach to the Liri Valley. We will visit the ruins of the old village of San Pietro above the modern town, and review the destruction, troop actions and the German scorched earth policy of the battle that took place.
  • DAY 6 Anzio – July 1

    After breakfast, we will visit the Abbey of Monte Cassino. The Abbey has been destroyed several times since its founding in the 6th Century by St. Benedict. The most severe damage came at the Battle of Cassino in May 1944. After the Allies had taken Naples, the Germans made Cassino the key stronghold in the system of defenses guarding the approaches to Rome. On May 17, the Allies launched their final assault, with the Polish corps as the spearhead. After a raging battle, the Germans abandoned Cassino on the following day. This allowed the Allies to join forces, and opened the road to Rome. After the war the abbey was rebuilt according to the original designs.

    After this visit we will head to the Polish and German cemeteries. We continue with a scenic tour along the Rapido and Liri Rivers on the old highway. The end of the day will find us enjoying a wonderful dinner and overnight stay in Anzio.
  • DAY 7 Anzio – July 2

    This morning we go to Nettuno, where, along with Anzio, the American troops landed in January 1944. We will visit the Museo dello Sbarco Alleato (Museum of the Allied Landing). We then make a pilgrimage to the invasion beaches and the U.S. Cemetery, where 7862 Americans are buried. We will overnight in Anzio.
  • DAY 8 Rome – July 3

    Our group will depart for Rome in the morning and visit Cisterna along the way. Upon arrival, we will visit the Crypt and War Memorial at this site, which was a German victory and setback for the Rangers. We then go on to Rome for dinner and our hotel.
  • DAY 9 Rome – July 4

    We will begin the day with a 4-hour city tour with a local guide. Among the sites are the Coliseum, Pantheon, Forum, Trevi Fountain and Vatican City. This is where we say Ciao to all our new friends. Guests will have free time in the afternoon.
  • DAY 10 Siena – July 5

    Siena will be about a two-hour drive after breakfast. Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards and set on three hills, Siena is drawn together by winding alleyways and cobblestone streets. The Piazza del Campo stands at its heart, and the Duomo and St. Maria della Scala serve as additional cultural landmarks. We will take a city-tour of Siena and then dine at one of the old town's premier restaurants.

    After lunch, we will continue on to Florence through the scenic hills of Tuscany.
  • DAY 11 Florence – July 6

    Today we drive north to the Gothic Line. Here the Germans built a complex series of bunkers, machine gun nests to repel further Allied advances up the peninsula. At Giogo Pass, we will see one of the Wehrmacht’s chief points of defense. The American 91st Division’s goal was to capture the two peaks on either side of the pass, Monticelli and Monte Altuzzo. Here they encountered stiff opposition in their attempts to breach the line. In the afternoon, we drive to Rimini on the Adriatic coast to study one of the fiercest battles in the Italian Campaign.
  • DAY 12 Florence – July 7

    In the morning, our group will take a walking tour through the city that is known all over the world as the Capital of the Arts. Florence is the capital of the region of Tuscany and spreads on the banks of the Arno, between the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian seas, almost in the middle of the Italian peninsula. It is a city that bustles with industry and craft, commerce and culture, art and science. We will visit the Accademia, which features paintings by Michelangelo, as well as the Medici Chapels. The afternoon is free for personal sightseeing or shopping prior to our evening meal. Once again, we will spend the evening in Florence.
  • DAY 13 Home – July 8

    Transfer to Florence Airport.
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Trip Pricing


  • $4,890 per person
  • 10% student discount for main tour
  • $1,200 single supplement
  • Based on 25 participants

Tour Includes:

  • Full-time historian
  • Three- and four-star accommodations
  • Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage and service charges
  • Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Breakfast daily
  • All entrance fees to museums and attractions