From Majella to Montecassino. Gustav line
A journey in history to not forget
In a historical period like the current one in which nationalisms and sovereignisms re-emerge, we decided to propose a "journey in memory" along the line that during the Second World War was the scene of fierce clashes between the Allied and the German army. We will walk in three regions, Abruzzo, Molise and Lazio, and we will cross two national parks: that of Majella and that of Abruzzo, until we reach the Monastery of Monte Cassino. We will walk from east to west in those places where so many stories of resistance and oppression are intertwined and our path will be turned to peace and brotherhood among peoples, right where, less than eighty years ago, men decided to become war.
We will meet in Lanciano, against the Germans on October 5 and 6 of 1943, and we will leave from Pizzoferrato, a small town of Majella, retracing the exploits of the brigade, a partisan formation from Abruzzo that fought together with the allied army along the front adriatic and also contributed to the liberation of Bologna.
We will cross the Pizzi Mountains, rich in lush vegetation, until we reach Pietransieri, the site of one of the most atrocious Nazi massacres to the detriment of civilians. We will reach the Meta Mountains, introducing ourselves in Ciociaria through the high mountain passes, the kingdom of the chamois and the eagles. We will run into small fortifications built by opposing armies on the heights that dominate the valley. We will visit the Abbey of Monte Cassino, where history, and not only that of the Second World War, has repeatedly left its mark.
We will meet people and tell stories to understand how today remains a legacy of those events that happened to our grandparents or fathers. A journey, without rhetoric, in our next past.
Books and films recommended
To get closer to the issues that we will discuss along the way, we recommend reading the novel La Ciociara by Alberto Moravia or alternatively you can also look at the homonymous film by Vittorio De Sica. PAOLO IANNICCA LEADING
Meeting at Lanciano (CH) at ore 18.00
Pizzoferrato – Pietransieri. 5hours walking time, 450 m up, 400 m down
Pietransieri – Alfedena. 5 hours walking time, 650 m up, 450 m in down
Alfedena – Prato di Mezzo. 7 hours walking time , 1.000 m up, 550 m down
Prato di Mezzo – San Biagio Saracinisco. 5 hours walking time, 400 m up, 1.000 m down
San Biagio Saracinisco – Cassino. 6 hours walking time, 200 m up, 1.000 m down
Cassino – Montecassino – tour of the Abbey and war cemetery – Cassino. 3 hours walking time, 450 m up and down
Breakfast and departure
BOOKING AND INFOS AT COMPAGNIA DEI CAMMINI
in a family-run hotel, B & B, mountain hut, hostel, farmhouse, camping bungalows
Proven and high-quality trekking boots (recommended for leather), comfortable walking clothing, merinos wool for socks and t-shirts, ergonomic rucksack. At the request to complete the booking, you will receive a list of things to put in your backpack.
Meeting al Lanciano (CH) at 6.00 p.m.
How the reach us
You can arrive to Lanciano by bus or train from Pescara.
Saturday September 14
Saturday September 21
8 days /7 nights
September 2019 14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21
€ 240.00 includes guide and organization. Other expenses: € 350.00 for overnight stays, breakfast, packed lunches, dinners and internal transfers (not to be sent but to take with you)
It is good to know that it is strongly recommended to arrive by public transport because it is very difficult to recover the car on return, as well as clearly to make our journey more eco-friendly.