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Commemoration and CelebrationIn the footsteps of WWII Kiwi Soldiers in Italy

Enrolment and other informationPRE-TOUR STUDYBarbara Pezzotti will be teaching a short course Liberating Italy: World War Two and the Resistance in Italian and New Zealand Films which will provide background to the tour. The course starts on Tuesday 12 August and runs for 4 weeks.

PRE-TOUR MEETINGThere will be a pre-tour meeting to provide practical advice and information. Date to be advised. It will be an informal evening with light refreshments provided.

COMMENTARY ON-TOURBarbara Pezzotti will provide commentary and assistance on tour. There will also be local guides in some places to provide commentary.

TRAVELThe planned departure date for the tour is Monday 11 May 2015, returning to New Zealand on Tuesday 2 June. Land travel in Italy will be by charter coach.

If you would like to meet the tour in Italy or fly back to New Zealand separately from the group please contact Sally or Keay.

FEEPlease note this fee may change depending on the numbers travelling and or major currency fluctuations.

Twin share: NZ$11,050 per person

Single: NZ$12,650 per person

A deposit of NZ$1,600 per person is required to confirm your enrolment, on or before Friday 12 December.

Enrolments after Tuesday 10 March 2015 will be required to pay the full fee.

The tour is limited to 23 participants. There may still be spaces on the tour after Tuesday 10 March - please enquire.

The fee includes:

Return airfares from Wellington to Italy Airline taxes Land travel in Italy in first class coach Airport/hotel transfers 19 nights accommodation All breakfasts One dinner Entrance fees to all sites Local guides Tips for drivers and local guides Pre-tour meeting(s)

The fee does not include:

Meals other than those specified Beverages during included meals Insurance Passport costs Other items of a personal nature Porterage at the hotels Pre-tour study

DEPOSITA deposit of NZ$1,600 per person is required at time of enrolment to confirm your place. This can be paid by cheque, credit card or eftpos.

Enrolments after Tuesday 10 March 2015 will be required to pay the full fee.

There may still be spaces on the tour after Tuesday 10 March - please enquire.

ACCOMMODATION/MEALSAccommodation will be in 3 to 4-star hotels in shared or single rooms with private shower or bath. Breakfast will be provided each day.

PASSPORT/VISASIt is essential to have a current passport (valid for at least six months after return to New Zealand). Holders of passports issued by countries other than New Zealand are advised to check visa requirements with our travel agent Keith Leadbetter, at Travel Managers. All inquiries regarding passports and visas should be directed to Keith.

HEALTH AND FITNESSThe tour is not particularly strenuous and provision is made for a reasonable amount of free time. However you should be fit and in good health, be able to walk for at least a couple of hours and you should be able to carry your own luggage (if necessary).

To ensure the wellbeing of tour members and overall enjoyment of the tour group, each tour member will be required to complete a medical questionnaire. Victoria University reserves the right to request written medical information or opinions on your physical capability for this study tour from a doctor or physician if necessary.

CANCELLATIONS AND WITHDRAWALVictoria University reserves the right to cancel the tour and to refuse or cancel any enrolment for the tour. In either event all payments made will be refunded in full except where we are unable to retrieve deposits paid to other agencies.

Please note:

If you withdraw from this tour:

on or before Tuesday 10 March 2015 your deposit will not be refunded.

after Tuesday 10 March 2015 a refund will be negotiated based on the costs paid to other agencies that cannot be recovered by the University.

A withdrawal will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the withdrawal.

INSURANCEComprehensive travel insurance is essential and is not included in the tour fee. You are strongly advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance at the time of enrolment to cover unforeseen circumstances.

Keith Leadbetter is happy to arrange this for you. Please contact Keith for details.

CONTACTS:Sally Rawnsley, Programme Manager, Continuing Education, Email: Ph 04-463 6560

Keay Burridge, Programme Coordinator, Continuing Education, Email: Ph 04-463 6552

TRAVEL AGENT:Keith Leadbetter, Travel Managers, Phone: 04-978 2326 Email:

Visit our website for full itinerary, tour information and enrolment forms 11 MAY- 2 JUNE 2015

Commemoration and CelebrationIn the footsteps of WWII Kiwi Soldiers in Italy

About the TourBarbara Pezzotti will lead this tour to Italy marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Starting in Rome the itinerary includes key sites where New Zealand soldiers fought, such as Cassino, the Sangro River, Florence and Trieste.

You will visit the Piedmont area where Italian partisans challenged the Nazi-Fascist forces in brutal fights, and end the tour in Milan.

The journey will also be an opportunity to celebrate life, and experience Italian culture and hospitality as the Kiwi soldiers did. This is a special journey for lovers of history, landscape and food and for those who want something more than a tour of traditional Italian destinations.

Tour LeaderBarbara Pezzotti (PhD) teaches Italian language and culture. She has published several articles and book chapters on the representation of World War Two and the Resistance in

Italian literature. She is also a former journalist for the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore (the Italian equivalent of the Financial Times or Wall Street Journal).

Draft ItineraryThe planned departure date for the tour is Monday 11 May 2015, returning to New Zealand on Tuesday 2 June.

Please note: This is a draft itinerary. We will make every effort to follow the itinerary but circumstances outside our control may mean that it is subject to change.


DAY 2: ROMEArrival in Rome. Free afternoon

Evening: private screening of a movie set during WWII and wine degustation at Kino, a boutique cinema and cultural centre. Overnight Rome.

DAY 3: ROMEMorning: Visit the Jewish Museum of Rome and a one-hour walking tour of the Jewish Ghetto. Romes Jewish community is one of Europes oldest, dating from the 2nd Century BC. On 16 October 1943, 1,024 Roman Jews were arrested and deported to Auschwitz.

Afternoon: Visit Piazza Venezia and Palazzo Venezia, the building from where Mussolini declared war on Great Britain and France. Just round the corner is one of Romes hidden treasures: Palazzo and Galleria Doria Pamphilij. This private art gallery houses an extraordinary collection of works by Raphael, Tintoretto, Brueghel, Titian, Caravaggio, Bernini and Velzquez. Overnight Rome.

DAY 4: ROMEMorning: Travel to Latina (80 km from Rome, one hour and 10 minutes trip). This town was founded in 1932 under the fascist administration, as Littoria. The buildings and monuments, mainly in rationalist style, were designed by famous architects and artists such as Marcello Piacentini, Angiolo Mazzoni and Duilio


Afternoon: Visit the Anzio War Cemetery which contains 1,056 Commonwealth burials from World War II. Of the total 1,037 are identified casualties. Overnight Rome.

DAY 13: TRIESTEMorning: Depart for Trieste (262 km, 2.5 hours)

Afternoon: Guided tour of Trieste Ghetto and Risiera di San Sabba, the only concentration camp in Italy during WWII. Overnight Trieste.

DAY 14: TRIESTE Morning: Walking tour of the city centre.

Afternoon: Free afternoon in Trieste. Overnight Trieste.

DAY 15: SAL Morning: Depart for Sal (338 km, 3 hours 20 min), on Lake Garda. Sal was the capital of the Republic of Sal, established by Mussolini in Northern Italy in 1943.

Afternoon: Visit Sal. Enjoy its long waterfront promenade and ornate buildings and palm trees. Overnight Sal.

DAY 16: ALBA Morning: Depart for Alba (250 km; 2.5 hours) in the Langhe region, Piedmont, where the partisans engaged in bloody battles with the Germans during WWII. The Langhe is also one of the most important food hubs in Italy.

Afternoon: Winery tour or truffle hunting excursion. Overnight Alba.

DAY 17: ALBADay trip in the areas of the Resistance battles: In the footsteps of the Piedmontese writers Cesare Pavese and Beppe Fenoglio. Pavese and Fenoglio wrote several novels set during WWII. Overnight Alba.

DAY 18: ALBADay trip to Cuneo, Mondovi, Bra and Saluzzo. While these are areas of war, Bra is also the town where the Slow Food Movement was born. Overnight Alba.

DAY 19: MILAN Morning: Depart for Milan (126 km, 1.5 hours).

Afternoon: Visit Museo del Novecento. Overlooking the Piazza del Duomo, this Museum of 20th century art is hosted in the historic Arengario, a building from where Mussolini would harangue huge crowds in the glory days of his regime. Visit the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Overnight Milan.

DAY 20: MILANFree day in Milan.

Evening: possible concert or opera at La Scala. Overnight Milan.

DAY 21: MILANDeparture from Milan for New Zealand

DAY 5: ROMEMorning: Roman Tour in the Footsteps of Mussolini: guided tour of Mausoleum and Museum of Fosse Ardeatine. This was the place where a mass execution was carried out in Rome on 24 M


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