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“Very Moving” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Florence American Cemetery and Memorial

Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
Via Cassia Km 286, Florence, Italy
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Ranked #19 of 215 Attractions in Florence
Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Duluth, Minnesota
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“Very Moving”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

This is worth a stop if you get the opportunity. It is currently undergoing some refurbishing of the paving stones, but open and almost entirely accessible. A moving reminder that freedom is never free.

Visited May 2013
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Warren, Massachusetts
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“A Powerful Reminder of Our Armed Forces”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

My visit to the American Cemetery and Memorial in Florence was unexpected, but a member of our group asked if she could try to find her uncle, who was buried there. The cemetery is located on a quiet hillside above the Greve River. The graves of the men and women who fell during the liberation of Italy are well-tended and in an idyllic setting.

We were met by the commanding officer of the facility who spoke to our group briefly of the sacrifice given by these men and women, and escorted our lady friend arm in arm to her brother's marble cross in section G. She had tears in her eyes...as did we...a very moving experience. For she never knew her uncle, and for every cross and Star of David on the hillside, there is another story of loss. This facility is a powerful reminder of the world at war and the people who gave up their lives to defend our way of life.

The entire experience took about a half hour, but opened my eyes to a page of history I rarely think about. I encourage all Americans who visit the area to make a visit here.

Visited November 2012
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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“Imprunetta,Gothic Line and mural and fountains of rememberance!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

It is a Site to behold of a war that was to liberate europe from fascist tyranny,It is a place that guides you through the war up the italian boot and to the gothic line and above...on the mural it has all the information about the campaign.It is also noted that the marble came from Massa Carrara for reparations from the italian government for the war..my friend Giancarlo of florence said he was 11 years old when the us army was in florence and probably shined the shoes of these brave dead men??He also tells me he attends the svcs of memorial day at the cemetery!!No flowers or any kind of objects can be placed there,,i have been here about 6-7 times to just ponder and to think and read some of the inscriptions of where these service people came from?Its 70 acres,headstones4,398..latin crosses4,322,star of david76..mia 1.409...sets of brothers:5..medal of honor recipients.2intered,and 1 memorialized..dedicated in july25,1960...oh and multiple burials:2headstoneswith2remains,and 1 with3...Never forget!!

Visited October 2012
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Olivehurst, California
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“A Moving, Emotional Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We drove here during a 2 week visit to Italy. The unassuming entrance masks what lies within. Anyone who has been to Arlington in Washington knows the solemn views of row upon row of grave markers. This Italian maintained monument has that as well as marble carvings depicting the different battles and the American units involved. There is a tiny chapel, not to be overlooked. It was particularly relevant to me because my Dad landed at Anzio, just south of Rome and fought his way up the Italian peninsular into France, then in to Germany and Austria. The respect for the US servicemen is palpable. The landscaping is impeccable. It is a beautiful place.

Visited May 2012
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Tallahassee, Florida
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“Worth the drive for visiting Americans”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

The Florence American Cemetery and Memorial is a worthwhile excursion for Americans visiting Tuscany because it reminds us of the GIs who slogged their way up the Italian peninsula during World War II. Over time their war has been overshadowed by the Normandy invasion and Battle of the Bulge, but it was just as important. The memorial presents huge maps showing the Italian campaign, and the 4,400 buried and 1,400 MIAs memorialized here are treated with great respect. Very moving and solemn. Accessible by car on the SR 2 just south of Tavernuzze (and near the Siena-Firenze superstrada), but there's also a bus-stop on the SR 2 at the cemetery entrance.

Visited November 2012
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