Ortano is an ancient seaport on the Adriatic which dates back some 3000 years. The old town was a jumble of narrow buildings crowded together on a steep promontory thrusting out into the sea.
It became an important battleground during the Italian campaign during World War II. Ortano offered the Allies a supply port on the Adriatic and was fiercely defended by the Germans. The struggle between the German paratroopers and the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade attracted the attention of the international press, leading this battle to be known as Little Stalingrad."
It was in December 1943. The face to face, house to house fighting was particularly savage. On 28 December, after 8 days of fighting, the depleted German troops finally withdrew from the town The Canadians suffered more than 1300 casualties, many of them buried in the Canadian Cemetery of Ortona.
We then went to our "Home-hosted" lunch. Local people of the town invite small groups of us to their homes and serve us lunch and let us ask questions about life in Italy and they ask us questions about our home. Delicious Food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!