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The Convoy of Liberation 2016

Program rev.13 - updated the 21st April 2016
pdf of Bar and restaurants in Selvazzano Updated

Program rev.12 - updated the 19th April 2016
pdf road-books updated

Program rev.11 - updated the 11th April 2016
Added the GPS' coordinates of the parking and the gym. Hotel for visitors available

Program rev.10 - updated the 9th April 2016
Link to the route's maps

Program rev.09 - updated the 7th April 2016
Registration closed - Hotel fully booked

Program rev.08 - updated the 28th March 2016
WW2 photos and maps added

Program rev.07 - updated the 25th March 2016
Modified the program of the 23rd April. Departure and route from Selvazzano Dentro

Program rev.06 - updated the 14th of March 2016: Program of the 23rd of April - Padova single room added. Accommodation in public buildings like gym added

23rd-25th April 2016

North Apennines Po Valley Park



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Manifesto 2016


In collaboration with ( update the 24/03/2016)

Associazione 92nd Div. Buffalo Highway Six Rover Joe

Tracce Di Storia Gotica Romagna

 Gruppo 2194 Historical Aircraft Group Old Iron Sides

Club Historica

Gruppo FEB 

With the sponsorship of ( update the 25/03/2016)

La Nuova Provincia di Padova Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo

Comune di Istrana

Comuni delle province di Padova e Venezia


51░ Stormo Aeronautica Militare Italiana Comando Forze di Difesa Interregionale Nord


Comune di Istrana

With the support of ( update the 23/02/2016)

easy way style

WDM Meccanica 4X4

Custom dot biz



Organizing a “Convoy of Liberation” is somewhat like visiting a friend at his place. Each edition visits places unknown to many but dear to yet others in our midst. And, as it happens in such circumstances, we always come back home conscious we found, learned something new,  Italy is a Country we love with its vast universe of places, perfumes, tastes, history, and landscapes, our hearts opening just by thinking about this richness. Being welcomed by the people who live and keep alive these traditions, however, is something else, infinitely valuable to us.

Finding out, as best we can in the safety of Peace, the feelings of those who fought or endured one of the longest campaigns of World War II, is an unending discovery, made of the oral testimonies of the people we meet – their ranks getting sadly thinner every passing year – but also of images, stories, writings which today's technologies make available to all.

Yes, technology has made it immensely easier to find photos, information, people who made history 70 years before, and their descendants,  than it was only a few years ago.
The passion for historic military vehicles however is not something residing in information clouds somewhere on servers distant thousands of miles from us. It is something you live by listening to the roar of old engines, the squeaking of leaf springs, by smelling gasoline fumes and treated canvas, by not being able to stop the wind from leashing at you in open cab vehicles. Technology has nothing to do with all this. As it cannot take the place of your inner satisfaction for having completed a long, difficult restoration which many people would have deemed an impossible task. And, for riding your vehicle in the mid of hundreds of like-minded collectors who with passion, dedication and commitment bring alive the largest HMV in Italy.
The Convoy of Liberation (now a trademarked name) is a living museum on wheels, and all who take part in it live a unique experience. We will not forget the values which are its deep inspirational motivations -  peace, democracy, family, and opportunity for earning a fair pay through hard work. Values which underline our passion for historical vehicles, their restoration and preservation for future generations.

But enough with talking, it’s time to start the engines. Move it

La campagna Po Valley - 5 Aprile 2 Maggio 1945

La campagna Po Valley - 5 Aprile 2 Maggio 1945


Padova, piazza del Santo, 28 aprile 1945. Truppe tedesche in ritirata.
Foto: UniversitÓ  di Padova - Centro di Ateneo per la storia della Resistenza e dell'etÓ  contemporanea

Resistenza - ''Treviso Liberata'', numero unico del CLN - Liberazione di Treviso 1945, testata giornale del CLN

Resistenza - ''Treviso Liberata'', numero unico del CLN - Liberazione di Treviso 1945, testata giornale del CLN

( provisional )

Pdf Road books

Bar and restaurants in Selvazzano

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Saturday 23 April 2016


Attention - the following instructions are valid for the visitors only.
The participant to the Convoy of Liberation are already registered.

To attend to the Istrana Military Base Open Day Air Show on the 23rd of Aprile
it is mandatory to register in advance at the website In Colonna al 51 - www.incolonnaal51.it

Selvazzano Dentro ( Padua ):

  • 8:00 a.m. – Via Roma:  Assembly of vehicles and participants, registrations procedures (registration opens Friday 22 April ) and Welcoming ceremony by local authorities
  • 8:30 a.m.: Convoy departs from Selvazzano Dentro to Saccolongo, Mestrino, Campodoro, Villafranca Padovana
  • 11:40 a.m.: Convoy arrives in Badoere. Stop and aperitifs at Piazza Indipendenza.
  • 12:25 p.m. : Convoy departs Badoere towards the Istriana Military Airdrome – seat of the 51st Group.
  • 1:00 p.m.: Convoy arrives at the Istriana Military Airdrome. Meeting with the Base Commander and lunch at the base mess hall.

 Men¨ self service
a 1st course, a 2nd course and a side course

  • Pasta all'amatriciana
  • Cosciotto di maiale al forno, Tacchino ai ferri, Moscardini alla busera, Fettina di manzo, Seppie in umido
  • Formaggio, Mozzarella
  • Insalata, Carote, Patate novelle, Fagiolini
  • 3:00 p.m. Open Day / Air Show at the Military base in collaboration with the H.A.G Historical Aicraft Group. Displays and learning activities for the public, with historic military vehicles and airplanes.
  • 7:00 p.m.: aperitif for the participants to the Convoy and hosts.
  • 7:30 p.m.: Formal dinner at the base mess hall for the participants to the Convoy and hosts.


  • Aperitivo di benvenuto
  • Risotto mantecato ai bruscandoli e salsiccia
  • Panzerotto della casa al pomodoro fondente su tulipano di parmigiano
  • Petto di faraona al sugo Peverada con patate al forno
  • Cima di vitello alla genovese con verdure cotte
  • Torta della nonna
  • CaffŔ vini e bibite
  • 10:00 p.m.: Convoy (small vehicles only) departs toward booked hotel accommodations.

Route distance traveled: Km 80 - download the route


MC205V Veltro Italian fighter. A brand-new C205V of the 51 Stormo on its arrival at is base at Sardegna

The Spring offensive - 9th April 2nd May 1945

The Spring offensive - 9th April 2nd May 1945

Sunday 24 April 2016


Istrana Military Airdrome – 51st Group ( Istrana – Treviso )

  • 8:30 a.m.: Convoy departs toward Paese and ScorzŔ.
  • 10:00 a.m.: Convoy transits through ScorzŔ, direction Mirano
  • 11:00 a.m. : Convoy transits through Mirano, direction Mira, Dolo, Riviera del Brenta  Ponte di Brenta
  • 12:15 p.m.: Convoy transits through Ponte di Brenta, via Padova, via San Marco in direction to Padova
  • 12:30 p.m.: Convoy enters in Padua
  • 1:00 p.m.:  Convoy arrives and stops at the “O. Salome” Barracks in Padua, seat of COMFODI-NORD. Welcoming meeting with the Base Commander, and lunch at the Base mess hall.
  • 2:00 p.m. Open Day and display of historical military vehicles; learning activities.
  • 6:00 p.m.: Convoy departs toward Selvazzano – Tencarola.
  • 7:00 p.m.:  Convoy arrives and stops at Tencarola for dinner.


  • Gnocchi freschi al rag¨ (Tomato on request)
  • Grigliata mista ai ferri
  • Patatine fritte
  • fagioli e cipolla........per chi li vorrÓ
  • Acqua gasata naturale , vino
  • CaffŔ
  • 9:00 p.m.: Participants proceed towards booked hotel accommodations.

Route distance traveled: Km 90
download the 1st part of the route

download the 2nd part of the route

download the 3rd part of the route


New Zealand tanks in Trieste - Italy

New Zealand tanks in Trieste - Italy

Tank dela 6th South African Armoured Division

Tank della 6th South African Armoured Division

Monday 25 April 2016


Selvazzano Dentro ( Padua )

  • 8:30 a.m.: Assembly of vehicles at Via Roma
  • 9:00 a.m.: Convoy departs towards  Colli Euganei, round trip
  • 11:15 a.m.: Convoy gets back at Selvazzano. Ceremonies with local authorities for the Liberation Day celebrations.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Lunch at  Tencarola (same location as for Sunday dinner )

Menu forthcoming

  • Bigoli freschi al rag¨ (Tomato on request)
  • Grigliata mista ai ferri
  • Patatine fritte
  • fagioli e cipolla........per chi li vorrÓ
  • Acqua gasata naturale , vino
  • CaffŔ, dolce
  • 2:00 p.m.: Display of historical military vehicles.
  • 5:00 p.m.: End of the event.

Route distance traveled: Km 40 download the route


1)  The participation to the "Convoy of Liberation 2016" is subject to a pre-registration that you can accomplish by filling the on-line registration form. For security reasons and for expediting the hotel booking procedures it is is required that you provide us with information  on your valid I.D. card.

Registration closed - Hotel fully booked;
The organization can be contacted at the mobile +393357632983

2)  The pre-registration must be accompanied by the payment of the TOTAL PARTICIPATION FEE which may vary depending if you are going to stay for the whole event or not (see below). The payment of the full fee in advance is necessary in order to avoid unfortunate situations which have caused huge loss to the Organization during past editions. Money can be transferred with:

a) Paypal payment to finance@goticatoscana.it;

b) Bank Transfer to the following  bank account: Account Holder: Gotica Toscana Onlus - Loc. Ponzalla 47, I-50038 Scarperia (FI) - Italy account code - IBAN: IT87P0832505473000000064497

In all cases, the payment description must indicate "The Convoy of Liberation 2016". An envelope containing meal tickets, road book, useful telephone number etc., will be delivered to the participant at the moment of the arrival in order to avoid any other wait. The fee is not refundable except than in case of registration refusal by the Organization or cancellation of the event.

3)   The deadline for registrations is April 10th, 2016. Beyond that date, the Organization reserves the right to accept further registrations.

4)   In any case, participation to the event is limited to the number of individuals  and vehicles compatible with existing facilities. We strongly advise to register as soon as possible, particularly if hotel accommodations are needed. Precedence will be given to participants to the whole three-day event.

5)  The event is open to WW2 military vehicles up to 1945.

6)  Vehicles owners dressing WW2 uniforms as well as reenactors are welcome and encouraged both in group or individually. The Organization will try to accommodate everybody on WW2 vehicles, in accordance with vehicles owners, to the extent room is available but declines responsibility if there is not room enough.

7)  Military uniforms must be consistent with the WW2 era. Allies and Axis uniforms (like Wehrmacht, Luftwaffe or Kriegsmarine, Royal Italian Army etc.) are allowed, while wearing or displaying uniforms of any political formation/organization such as PNF (Fascists Party), MVSN, NSDAP (Nazi Party) or SS units and similar are STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.

8)  All vehicles must conform to Italian existing Highway Code (Codice della Strada) Laws and Regulations. Vehicles owners and drivers will be responsible for any damages and consequences caused by their vehicles. The Organization will not be responsible for the damages caused to people or properties.

9)  Deactivated weapons/ordnances and toy model guns/ordnances can be showed and exhibited by the participants without harming other participants, visitors and the public. Deactivated weapons/ordnances must be accompanied by a deactivation certificate which MUST COMPLY with ITALIAN REGULATION which is VERY SEVERE. In all cases, every participant is responsible for possession/displaying/carrying of his own weapon/gun/ordnance and must conform to Italian existing Laws and Regulations and fulfill requests which may come from Law Enforcement officers. If necessary, the Organization can limit the display of weapons during particular phases of the event or if requested to do so by Municipalities or Public/Police Authorities

10)The behavior of every participant must be appropriate to a commemorative event. It is strictly forbidden to engage in any form of violence, harassment or other disrespectful behaviors which can upset or compromise the good outcome of the event... It is specifically forbidden to aim any kind of weapon to anybody even if deactivated or toy model

11)During the event it is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN to march, sing battle hymns or national anthems or swear at other participants, visitors or local populations.

12)Reenactors and other participants will avoid to engage in any kind political discussions or to express personal views on the local or general history of the places and period. Instead, military equipment can be displayed and pertinent explanations can be given to interested people.

13)The Organization reserves at any times the right to expel from the event the participant who will obey to the present rules, without previous warning and without refunding participation fees.

14)Each group/individual will be responsible for the preservation of and damages of all kinds to areas, sites, places, rooms, services, equipments, accessories made available for use to them/him. Particular attention must be paid in case of permanence/meal/accomodation within military structures

15)For issues not covered by the present rules/regulation, please contact the organization

16)It is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN to use any kind guns or other firing devices including blanks, fireworks, signals, smoke, and whatever else may alarm Law Enforcement and Firefighting authorities, also by lighting open fires.

17)Underages can join the event if accompanied/authorized (written) by their parents. In any case underages cannot man/handle weapons/guns/ordnances no matter if deactivated of toy models

18)During the event it is forbidden to leave the column of vehicles or take your own initiative; during the stops every participant is due to respect timing which will be communicated properly.

19)No vehicle will be left behind even in case of malfunction; the Organization offers a recovery vehicle which can bear even three axles vehicles up to 14 tons.

20)The Organization informs that drivers of historical vehicles can be subject to Alcohol Test at will of Law Enforcement Authorities.

 The Organization reserves the right to change the current program of the event without previous notice.


The Organization will arrange for low loading of vehicles to and from the event. Financial refunds will be available covering fuel and transportation costs for vehicles. Also discount opportunities are available for people who wish to come earlier or leave after the event schedule. Funds are limited and will be shared among participants based on the time of registration. For more information about these opportunities, please contact the organization.



Via Montecchia Feriole - Selvazzano Dentro (PD)

Latitude 45░ 23' 18" - Longitude 11░ 45' 57"

Latitude N45.38833 - Longitude E11.76583


A shuttle bus service will be available on certain occasions. However, all hotels at Selvazzano and Istrana are directly accessible to HMV’s.


The Organization will provide a free of charge reservation service for the hotels offering special rates to event participants. The list of these hotels and costs for such accommodations (which will be comparable to previous years) will be available very soon on this website. We recommend all participants interested in this service to contact the organization as soon as possible to tell us your requirements.

Participants may also arrange their hotel reservations directly at their own discretion, but all reservations at the aforementioned hotels should be managed through the organization.

The Organization offers free of charge accomodations for the registered participants within military stations (if available) as weel as public buildings like gym, but in this case every participant needs to bring is own sleeping-bag. As with every service offered by the Organization, free of charge accomodations are limited and so early - registration to the event is recommendable in order to make an early reservation for the available room you are interested in!


How to reach the Gym:

Via Montecchia Feriole - Selvazzano Dentro (PD)

Latitude 45░ 22' 57" - Longitude 11░ 45' 46"

Latitude N45,3825 - Longitude E11,7627778

Treviso Accommodations

Best Western Premier BHR Treviso Hotel****
Via Postumia Castellana, 2
31055 Quinto di Treviso TV


Classic: single room € 80,00 - double € 90,00 - triple € 135,00

Superior: single room € 120,00 - double € 140,00

Junior Suite: single room € 160,00 - double € 180,00

Presidential Suite: single room € 300,00 - double € 330,00

The tarifs are per room, per night. Breackfast, Wi-Fi included and VAT 10% included. Outdor parking. The cost for the garage is €10,00 per car per day.

Padova Accommodations

Via Euganea, 48
35030 – Selvazzano D.

Via Medi, 2
35030 – Rubano

Via della Provvidenza, 6
35030 – Rubano
Via P. Bronzetti, 62
35138 – Padova


Single € 70,00 - Double € 90,00 - Triple € 115,00

The tarifs are per room, per night. Breackfast included and VAT 10% included.

Free outdor parking. Availability of the luggage depot from the 23rd of April

Hotel for visistors there are available rooms at the HOTEL CASA DEL PELLEGRINO in Padova. You can contact the hotel directly
Keyword "Convoy of Liberation"


Address: Via Melchiorre Cesarotti, 21, 35123 Padova PD
Telephon:+39 049 823 9711
Ask for Ms Daniela Zuanon or Monica


Participation to the whole 3-day event including five Italian-style full meals (first course + second course + side dish), as well as small refreshments along the way, has a cost of € 120,00

All participants will receive a gadget of "The Column of Liberation 2016" for free.

Discounts are available as follows:

  • HMV Italia members - € 10,00 discount
  • HMV Italia members with renewed ASI 2016 membership - € 15,00 discount
  • GoticaToscana / Museo di Felonica ordinary members - € 15,00 discount


If you wish to participate only to some days of the event costs change according to the table below. Please note costs are structured to encourage participation to the whole event. No cost fractioning is available for single days.




(ordinary participation)

Discount cost

HMV Italia members

Discount cost

HMV Italia-ASI 2016 GoticaToscana – Museo Felonica ord. membership

23/24/25 - 5 meals

€ 120,00

€ 110,00


23/04 - 2 meals

€ 80,00

€ 70,00


24/04 - 2 meals

€ 80,00

€ 70,00


23/24 - 4 meals

€ 120,00

€ 110,00


Participation cost for children - 0-3 years free; 4-9 years 50% discount.

The listed costs are to be paid fully in advance at the time of registration

Should you need further information do not hesitate to contact us via email or mobile phone:

  • Gotica Toscana Onlus info@goticatoscana.eu
  • Information en Franšais: Guidorzi Simone +393483157390 info@museofelonica.it
  • Information in English: Bambagiotti Luca +393384576040
  • Information for transports and logistic: Spadi Filippo +393357632983

We thank in advance all those who will participate or contribute to the event in any way

Keep in touch and see you soon !!!


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