DR DANILA BRACAGLIA: Professional Guide Historian & Researcher

"Transforming a passion into a job and a job into a mission" 

Hello Everyone, I am Danila, a battlefield guide, specializing in the Italian campaign and in particular the Anzio, Cassino and Rome battlefields.I am uniquely qualified to tailor your historic tour based on your special interest including the experiences of your father, grandfather, uncle, or other loved one who was involved in the Italian campaign of World War Two.

I have a Master’s Degree in History and Archaeology. In 2005 I was certified, by the Italian Tourist Authority, to work as a professional tourist guide.

During my tours you will learn not only about the military battles, but also about the German occupation, the impact on civilians and what happened to the Italian army during those terrible months.

I have spent countless hours researching the military archives of the armies that were in action during the Anzio and Monte Cassino series of battles. I have travelled extensively through U.K. and U.S. and have been granted unique access to examine battlefield maps, duty rosters, and other relevant military data related to the Italian campaign.

I will do my best to show you the route taken and the obstacles encountered by your family member. You will come away with a great appreciation for the hardships they endured and the service they provided in liberating my Country. 

Here are some of the things I can do for you:

  • ·  Tracing the 1943-1944 route of a particular unit
  • ·  Arranging access to places not open to the public
  • ·  Acquiring more details about a specific battle or action

I also lead other kind of tours in Rome and surrounding area including organizing skip the line entrances to the Vatican  museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Rome underground tours,  as well as wine and food tastings to enjoy every aspects of the Italian lifestyle and culture.  I will be happy to assist you with your planning and give you advise to make the most of your trip. I am looking forward to welcoming you on board. Thank You.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

I am always available by e-mail for questions about tours and to give you assistance, but there are some topics and subjects that come up very frequently. 

Hopefully, this page will provide answers to these.

Where do your tours start?

The tour begins from your hotel or from the Cassino train station. If you are based in Rome, the train ride is very panoramic,  there are frequent trains from Roma Termini train station to Cassino train station, approx. every hour 

My suggestion is to catch the 8:00 am train (train number 7533)   from Roma Termini that arrives at Cassino train station at 9:43 am. Please, visit the website of Treni Italia for train schedules and to book your train on line. 

It's a good idea to  buy the train ticket on line, just be aware that for regional trains (i.e the train from Rome to Cassino) is possible to buy the ticket only one week week before the journey. Once you have bought it, print it and it is already validated. If you don't have a printer available, you can download it on your smart phone or ipad.  The train from Rome to Cassino is a regional trains that stops serveral times.  For this type of trains you will not have a reserved seat, you can sit anywhere. The train starts at Roma Termini and ends at Cassino train station (final destination of the journey), there will be plenty of seats as you will be travelling the opposite direction of the commuters.

The single train ticket from Roma Termini to Cassino is about 8,20  euros per person (price updated January 2016).

Do not buy a return ticket,  it all depends from the chosen itinerary/route and train tickets for regional trains can be bought on the spot without any problem.

If you are staying in Cassino area, I will be glad to pick you up directly at your hotel.

I live in Frosinone which is located between Cassino, Rome and Anzio, therefore it is the best location to stay if you want to visit both Cassino and Anzio Battlefields, I would be pleased to give you further information by email. If you are planning to visit Cassino then I suggest to stay in Cassino town, which is a lovely town with good restaurants, nice bars and shops. Your chance to live e true italian experience.

Do you guide all your tours personally?

YES, every tour booked via Monte Cassino Tours website will be led by me personally.

What is the cost of a tour?

Please, contact me by email and I will be happy to give you more information and a personalized quote. The price may vary according to many factors, number of people, type of vehicle and itinerary. 

What Tour Itineraries are available?

I customize all my tours to the needs of my clients, but also have a selection of optimsed itineraries that I have been running very successfully for several years. Please, enquire by email for further information.

When do your Tours start and end?

The tour is about 7 hours long from 9.30am to 4.30pm.  I will be waiting for you at the train station and we can start the tour soon after your arrival. If you are staying in Cassino or surrounding area, I will be ready to start whatever time suits you. Timeframe and lenght of the tour can be adjsted according to your requests.

What vehicle do you use?

I use a very comfortable Mercedes Benz Vito 9 Seater, it has wifi,  a/c throughout and good visibility.

I have not received a reply to my e-mail?

I am the only person answering e-mails and managing the business. I always try to reply to e-mails received within 3-4 hours, and usually much sooner. BUT sometimes if I am very busy unfortunately this is not possible, especially from May to October when I am on the road for tours. However, if within 2 days you have NOT received a reply, then there has been some kind of e-mail failure. Every now and then I reply to an e-mail and my message is returned undelivered. Sometimes this is due to your server rejecting my reply because it comes from an overseas location. If you don't get a reply try e-mailing from a different account - Gmail and web-based providers often fair better than other types of provider.

What should I wear?

Comfortable shoes  and layered clothing including a waterproof jacket. I will supply umbrellas if needed. For the visit of the abbey of Monte Cassino,  pants/skirt below your knees and covered shoulders.