On the way to Monte Cassino War Memorial

On the way to Monte Cassino War Memorial

Our travels continued, leaving beautiful Sorrento and the coast behind … not without taking a few last photos of another gorgeous morning from our hotel room ..  (Hotel Corallo)

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IMG_5665 … last peek !!

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Traditional yummy Italian fare in the shop at the ‘comfort break’  en route to the war memorial ..

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IMG_5671 IMG_5672 IMG_5673 IMG_5674 IMG_5676   We don’t get these at home .. Nutella drinks

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…  sweets for the journey .. very nice 🙂

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Nearly at the war memorial and cemetery – a portion of the Monastery can be seen on Monte Cassino ..

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Built by St Benedict of Nursia around 529 for the Benedictine order, the Abbey formed part of the Gustav line, a German defensive line to hold the Allied Forces from advancing any further into Italy during the Second World War.  It was ‘almost completely destroyed ‘ during the fiercest fighting that took place here between Feb – May 1944.  The Allied Forces broke the line .. the Germans withdrew .. the road to Rome was then opened.

The Abbey was rebuilt after the war

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Trafalgar Tours : Best of Italy : June 2014

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