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The Second World War in Italy

May 6 - 28, 2020

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Program fees:

  • UNB students: $3,950.00 
  • Non-UNB students: $4,200.00

Financial support through bursaries and travel awards is available to current students embarking on travel study. Contact program directors Drs. Cindy Brown ( and Lee Windsor for more information.

From Rome to Salerno, Ortona, Monte Cassino, and the Gothic Line, Italy’s breathtaking countryside, picturesque towns and villages form the backdrop for one of the most difficult military campaigns in history. Most of all, this course is a tour of spectacular places that become the classroom to discuss pivotal events. While walking the battlefields and prominent sites of Italy’s Second World War at Rome, Salerno, the Moro River, Monte Cassino, Rimini, Monte Sole, and Bologna, through site interrogations, problem solving exercises, map work, discussions, and lectures, students learn first-hand about the challenges faced by Allied soldiers, Italian partisans, soldiers, and civilians during the war in Italy.

This team-taught course explores the bitter struggle waged on the Italian peninsula between 1943 and 1944. Lasting reminders of Italy’s brutal, but little-known, civil war are evident throughout its cities and countryside. The wartime legacy and Italian terrain provide students with the ideal classroom for studying the war in Italy.

Excursions and visits

The battlefields and prominent sites of Italy’s Second World War including these locations:

  • Rome
  • Paestum
  • Ortona
  • Cassino
  • Castel di Sangro
  • Pesaro
  • Bologna


  • History 3810: This team-taught course explores the rise of Fascist Italy, its alliance with Nazi Germany and the bitter struggle waged against them by the Allies and anti-fascist Italians from 1943-45. Will be taught on location throughout Italy, and centres on visiting historic sites, monuments and battlefields. Italy's unique geography made the campaign especially difficult for its participants and provides students with the subject for much of their study. Although the course addresses the campaign as a whole, special attention is paid to the highly successful, yet little-known, Canadian contribution to the battles at Ortona, the Liri Valley and the Gothic Line.