The tusk is difficult but your skill, courage and devotion to duty will be successful in driving our enemies closer to disaster and leading us towards victory and the liberation of Europe and Asia
Dwight D. Eisenhover, Soldier's guide to Sicily
July 1943 is known for the landing of the Allied troops in Sicily during “Operation Husky”.
The British Eighth army, led by General Montgomery, headed into Syracuse and the city became the theatre of some of the most memorable battles.
This private guided tour will take you to the landmarks of the battles that took place in that area - the most representative battlefields of World War II.
We will start from the beautiful beaches in the south of Syracuse, the site of the landing and then we will arrive at the cliffs of the Plemmiro Nature reserve where we will see the remains of the Italian coastal artillery.
A stop along the Ponte Grande bridge over the Anapo river will help us to remember the hard-fought battle to conquer Syracuse and the visit of the Commonwealth Cemetery will demonstrate the tragic consequences of the fighting of July, 1943.
In Ortygia, the heart of the city, we will focus our attention on the evidence of WWII: the buildings that were damaged during the bombing and the Hypogeum of Piazza Duomo that was used as a shelter for the population during the war. When we visit this shelter and the Catacombs of Saint Lucy, used also as air-raid shelters, we can feel the fear the people must have felt when they were under bombardment.