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“Must Visit for Every Canadian”

Museo della Battaglia di Ortona
Ranked #7 of 90 things to do in Ortona
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Ortona was one of the bloodiest battles of the Italian Campaign. This village on the Adriatic had been reduced to rubble. Canadian and German troops engaged in house-to-house fighting. Snipers, booby traps and land mines were a constant threat. Every building was paid for in blood.

If you are a visiting Canadian, especially as we approach the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Ortona, you must visit this hidden gem. The collection is impressive, and the staff are very helpful. Without visits, and donated money, it is my fear that this museum will not be able to stay operational, and a huge piece of Canadian history will be lost.

Thank Shaun P
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

We visited this museum with the Grande Prairie Army Cadets tour of Italy with EF Tours. Excellent displays and lots of Canadian history including our Regiment - the Loyal Edmonton.

Interesting to hear about how the staff still keep in contact with the Canadian Regiments.

Definitely worth a visit if you are interested in war history.

Our Cadet unit made a donation and they are going to use it for a display case.

Thank GGScottH
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

My father fought in the Battle of Ortona and told many stories of it while he was alive, so it was a sobering time for me to realize more of what he had experienced. The museum has many details and pictures of the battle with chronological descriptions of the lead up to and the battle itself. Many artifacts have been donated to the museum, particularly by the Seaforth Highlanders. Anyone interested in the Second World War and in particular, Canadians, should make this a destination during their trip to Italy.

Thank Darryl S
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Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

A very large museum commemorating one of the most urban battles ever. Well organized, with plenty of artifacts, a good description of events and troop movements and even a little room for prayer for the fallen and their families. A must see while in the area

Thank Nolinice
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Reviewed 30 September 2015

This private museum includes an incredible collection of uniforms, weapons, and accessories of the soldiers fighting in Ortona, as well as mementos and accounts of the battle from civilian residents.
Models of the town during and after the battle are very well put together and add extra perspective. Well worth a visit for anyone interested in WWII history.

Thank Nattiejoan
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