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Roman Day Trip: Nettuno & Anzio

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I recently hopped the train from Rome and did a day trip to Nettuno, about an hour or so south and southwest it seemed from Rome.

Seaside Nettuno and neighbording Anzio of course bore the brunt of the Allies' Invasion of the Italian mainland in WWII - and like in Normandy it caused many many casualties in creating a beachhead in Italy from which the Allies tortuously clawed their way north to Rome.

I had not expected too much citywise from either place and was not disappointed at least in Nettuno in this regard - so so seaside town - pleasant but no reason to buy a postcard to send home.

Except however for the WWII memorial and cemetery in Nettuno - an oasis of greenery dotted by thousands of white stone markets of fallen Allied soldiers - all American it seemed by the states each market mentions.

Like the cemetery on D-Day at Colville-sur-Mer this cemetery necessarily takes over your emotions - thinking of the youthful folk who had the misfortune to be caught up in that moment and had to die before their lives really even began.

I thought of my first trip to Europe as a college kid - a fun and educating experience and justaposed that against these American lads first exposure to Europe.

Of course their bravery made my later trip possible, etc.

But anyway Nettuno has a special site.

I did not get to Anzio after reading in Nettuno that that was the only memorial-cemetery in the area.

What did i miss in Anzio - pleasant seaside town - are there any WWII memorials or markers there - if so i may have to day trip to the area again.

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