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Puglia: May/June 2014
 
The record of our trip to Southern Italy - May 15th to June 2nd
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After a night at a Holiday Inn near Luton Airport, we fly with Monarch Airlines (ZB 3597) to Naples - arriving at 10:58am, where we pick up a Peugeot 308SW Automatic. We then explore this part of Italy by travelling in a clockwise direction with stays at Formia (1 night); Campobasso (1); Lucera (2); Vieste (1); Trani (3); Fasano (4); Lecce (3); Matera (1); and Salerno (1) before returning to Naples Airport on June 2nd
After driving 94-kilometres from Naples Airport, we spend our first night (May 16th) at the Kora Park Resort, Formia. From our room we have views across the hotel's lovely landscaped gardens to the Gulf of Gaeta (below). The next day, we drive to Cassino
During the early months of 1944, Cassino saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Italian campaign, the town itself and the dominating Monastery Hill (left) proving the most stubborn obstacles encountered in the advance towards Rome. There are 4,271 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated at Cassiono War Cemetery.
 
 
Near the Abbey at Montecassino the finish banners for the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia remain two days after the event. From the Abbey's location, there are extensive views of the surrounding countryside
The hilltop position of the Abbey of Montecassino overlooks the Polish War Cemetery where over 1,000 soldiers who took part in the battle to capture the hill are buried. Our visit to Montecassino on May 17th coincided with the 70th Anniversary of the capture of the Abbey. A ceremony was attended by the Polish Prime Minister and Prince Harry. That night we stay at the Grand Hotel Rinascimento at Campobasso.
This grand old hotel has some amazing design features and from the roof we enjoy views of the town  surrounded by the  Sannio and Matese mountains