WWII Freedom Trails Guided Walk Overview (Groups Only)
This is an adventure holiday in Italy with a difference. You will be embarking on a journey following in the footsteps of some of the allied servicemen who risked all. Many of whom crossed the Alps to freedom after breaking out of their Italian Prisoner of war camps on 8th September 1943, after Italy surrendered.
Your journey begins in Biella, a small city in northern Piemonte, around an hour north of Turin, on the south side of the Alps. Piemonte is perhaps best known for producing some of the top wines of Italy (produced from the Nebbiolo grape) such as Barolo and Barbaresco.
Over the course of 9 days we will follow in the footsteps of allied ‘escapers’, most of whom had got out of PG106 at Vercelli, not far to the south of Biella. They crossed four mountain ranges, travelling 91 kilometres and climbing 6,800 metres, sometimes in as little as 6 days. No small feet when you have no route, maps, descent footwear and waterproofs and very little in the way of food!
Overnight stays include the Santuario di Oropa, a Monestary which provided shelter to many on the run. Some nights will be spent in mountain huts, known as a ‘Rifugio’. Here the accommodation is basic but the hut ‘guardian’ will provide fantastic meals. Afterwards, there will be time to sit with a glass of local wine and watch the sun setting over the surrounding Alpine mountains.
Although you will be on an historical journey, there will still be many opportunities to see wildlife such as deer, chamois, marmots, eagles and wild boar. As well as gaze at the fantastic scenery of the Monta Rosa massif. Finally you will summit Mont Moro, 2868 metres and descend into Switzerland where your journey will end in the mountain village of Sass Almagell.