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The Convoy of Liberation 2017

Programma rev.10 - updated the 19th April 2017
Added downloadable itineraries in PDF.

Program rev.09 - updated the 16th April 2017
Accommodation in public buildings like gym added.

Program rev.08 - updated of the 15th of April 2017 - Added historical notes - revised affiliated shops of the April 24th

Program rev.07 - updated of the 13th of April 2017 - affiliated shops added to April 24th

Program rev.06 - updated of the 9th of April 2017 - Details added to April 23rd

Program rev.05 - updated of the 8th of April 2017 - Registrations closed

Program rev.04 - updated of the 2nd of April 2017 - program updated

Program rev.03 - updated of the 28th of March 2017 - program of the 23rd of April updated

Program rev.02 - updated of the 16th of March 2017 - Hotel Residence WHITE PALACE fully booked

Program rev.01 - updated of the 4th of March 2017 - Hotels and form on line added

Program rev.00 - updated of the 26th of February 2017

23rd-25th April 2017

North Apennines Po Valley Park



ideate by





In collaboration with ( update the 22/03/2017)

170_Buffalo 170_HighwSix 170_RoverJoe

170_TracceDiStoria 170_Historica 170_GotRomagna

Gruppo 2194 Federazione Nazionale Rievocatori WW2 Old Ironsides 1st Armoured Division


Gruppo FEB

With the sponsorship of ( update the 12/04/2017)

 Comune di Morgano Comune di Istrana


HMV Italia


ASCOM Confcommercio della Provincia di Ferrara

FIPE Federazione Italiana Pubblici Esercizi

With the support of ( update the 09/04/2017)

easy way style

WDM Meccanica 4X4 Cantina Sociale Cooperativa Quistello 1928




The time has come. For the past ten years the name “Colonna” has acquired a meaning of its own for people sharing our same interests. We also know The Column of Liberation has become a reference point in many parts of Italy, as we find out when we visit during the year sharing its spirit with others.

But since we are animated by a great passion in what we do, sometimes, maybe with excessive naivetÚ, we end up bringing the event also to places where we know some feel they are above and beyond what we –the normal people loving history and HMVs – try to achieve. The fact is we feel the Column of Liberation is surely an event with great effects in terms of touristic and economic benefits, as well as in terms of growth of the HMV community, for the areas where it takes place. So we believe it would be wrong to deprive a community from the opportunity to be part or enjoy – for free - a large scale event of this type, with its opportunity for cultural and material growth, only because it may have an effect on the local political scene, for reasons, let this be clear, which completely escape our comprehension.

“The Column of Liberation” embodies values which cannot be interpreted or used in favor of any political ideology. It is a three-dimensional history book whose inspiration comes from the wish to spread the values of peace, democracy, family, work, whose propelling force comes from the passion shared by all of us, for historical military vehicles, their preservation, restoration, and enjoyment.

This event has acquired over time an international fame thanks to the hard work all people involved, from the organizers to each and every participant, has put into it. This edition will again touch two cities of historical importance where we haven’t been before. Where we will again have the opportunity to feel genuine emotions, enjoying again the chance to be together in our passion.

So, let’s MOVE OUT! again, also this year....

Men of the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers are carried forward on Sherman tanks near Ferrara, 22 April 1945.

Men of the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers are carried forward on Sherman tanks near Ferrara, 22 April 1945.


Historical notes - 2017 edition


Downloadable itineraries in pdf

23 April morning Cento-SanBenedetto Po

23 Aprile afternoon SanBenedetto Po-Casumaro

23 April sera Casumaro-Pieve Di Cento

24 April morning Cento-Ferrara

24 April afternoon Ferrara-Pieve Di Cento

25 April morning Cento-Felonica

Percorso di rientro a Cento del 25 Aprile 2017
Attention - this itinerary is NOT part of the event

25 Aprile afternoon Felonica-Pieve Di Cento

( provisional )

Saturday 22 April 2017

Cento ( FE )

Piazza del Guercino: 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm – 1940’s Night with live music performed by the “B-24 Liberator little big band”; exhibition of armored fighting vehicles, free eating and strolling in downtown Cento.
Free event open to all

Sunday 23 April 2017

Cento ( FE )

Cento ( FE )
8.30 - Convoy depart from Via Guercino to Cento to Bevilacqua, Palata Pepoli and Camposanto
9.45 - arrival to San Felice sul Panaro in Piazza Piva
10.30 - Convoy departs toward Medolla, Cavezzo, Concordia sulla Secchia and Moglia
12.30 - arrival at San Benedetto Po in Piazza Folengo Teofilo and vheicle exibition - lunch in the courtyard of the Abbey of San Benedetto in Polirone

Abbazia di San Benedetto in Polirone

VarietÓ di Focaccie artigianali a discrezione dello Chef
Scaglie di grana padano stagionatura 24 mesi
Giardiniere, mostarde e confetture mantovane
Risotto mantecato con salamella
Cappone alla Stefani con salsa delicata alla senape, sedano, uvetta e pinoli tostati
Sbrisolona Artigianale
Sbriciolona al Cioccolato di Valhrona e Pistacchi

4.00 pm - Convoy departs toward Mirasole, Quingentole and Pieve di Coriano
4.50 pm - stop at Revere in Corso Italia
5.30 pm - Convoy departs toward Villa Poma, Poggio Rusco, Dragoncello, Malcantone, Pilastri, Burana, Bondeno and Santa Bianca
7.00 pm - arrival at Casumaro for dinner in the Sala Polivalente Parrocchiale Don Alfredo

Rigatoni al rag¨ della tradizione (misto manzo/salsiccia di maiale)
Grigliata mista di maiale (costina, salsiccia, coppone, pancetta)
Patate fritte

9.30 pm - Convoy departs returning to Cento – stop for the night

Monday 24 April 2017

Cento ( FE )

9:00 a.m. Convoy departs from Via Guercino in Cento toward Corporeno, Sant'Agostino, Mirabello, Poggio Renatico, Chiesuol del Fosso
11:30 a.m. Convoy enters Ferrara – downtown entry with reenactors on foot – meeting with local authorties and static eshibition on vehicles in Piazza Castello

12:30 p.m. – Free Lunch

The affiliated shops ASCOM e FIPE in the list will offer a 10% discount on the listed prices to the people in uniform
you can find the affiliated shops on the ASCOM website: www.ascomfe.it

  • Bar Pasticceria Duca D'este - Piazzetta del Castello 22 - 44121 Ferrara.
  • Bar Pasticceria Ristorante Leon D'oro - Piazza della Cattedrale 8 - 44121 FErrara - typical menu Ferrarese .
  • Tiffany Bar Restaurant - Piazza Municipale 24, 44121 - Ferrara (FE).
  • Ristorante Cusina e Butega - Corso Porta Reno, 28 - 44121 Ferrara.
  • Locanda 22 - Piazza della Repubblica 11 - 44121 Ferrara.
5:00 p.m. Convoy departs toward Porotto, Vigarano Pieve, Ponte Rodoni, Bondeno, Santa Bianca, Casumaro, Pilastrello
7:00 p.m. Convoy returns to Cento and stops at the Grand Hotel Bologna for dinner (menu to be finalized)
11:00 p.m. Convoy stop for the night

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Cento ( FE )

9:00 a.m. Convoy departs from Via Guercino in Cento towards Renazzo, Alberone, Finale Emilia, Gavello, Pilastri, Malcantone, Santa Croce
10:45 a.m. transit through Sermide ( MN ), proceeds towards Felonica along the Po river levees
11:00 arrival at Felonica – visit to the renovated Museum of the Second World War Along the Po River ( Palazzo Cavriani )
1:00 p.m. – Lunch

Tirot con salame
Risotto alla pilota
Sbrisolona mantovana
Ciambella mantovana

3:00 p.m. End of the Event
4:00 p.m. - Convoy returns to Cento (optional participation)
6:00 pm - arrival to Cento


Men of the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, supported by Achilles 17pdr tank destroyers, wait to go forward near Ferrara, 22 April 1945.



1) The participation to the "Column of Liberation 2017" is subject to a pre-registration that you can accomplish by filling the on-line form. For security and organizational reasons you must also provide your valid I.D. as requested in the form.

Registration closed - for info contact the organization

2) The pre-registration must be accompanied by the payment of the TOTAL 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:

-Paypal payment to finance@goticatoscana.it;

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

In any case, payment description must indicate "Column of Liberation 2017". 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 10 April 2017. 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 /vehicles compatible with existing facilities. We strongly advise to register as soon as possible, particularly if hotel accommodations are needed. Precedence, if necessary, will be given to participants for the whole 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 responsability if there is not room enough.We reccomend vehicle owners who will come in civilian attire to please avoid colors unbecoming to the type of vehicle they will be riding upon.

7) Military uniforms must be consistent with 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 the current Italian 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 carried by participants and on vehicles only in compliance with Italian regulations. Each 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. The Organization can limit the display of weapons and flags of all types 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 strictly 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 in military cadence, 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/accommodation within military structures.

15) 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. It is also forbidden to light open-flame fires

16) 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.

17) 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.

18) No vehicle will be left behind even in case of malfunction; the Organization offers a recovery vehicle which can bear vehicles up to 3.5 metric tons.

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

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

The Organization reserves the right to change the current program of the event without giving notice about that.


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


The Organization will provide low loading and partial financial refunds to participants in order to cover fuel and transportation costs for vehicles. Obviously, funds are limited and will be shared among participants according to their number and the time of their registration. For information contact the organization as soon as possible!


No shuttle bus are planned during the event



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.


How to reach the Gym:

PALESTRA COMUNALE GIOVANNINA Via Giovannina, 76 - Cento - FE -


The Organization provides a free of charge service of reservation for those wishing an hotel accommodations giving information about room availability and rates. Simply, tell us your requirements!

A list of hotels offering special rates to event participants are published on this page. Please take note all reservations at these hotels MUST be booked through the organization, not individually.

If you wish to arrange reservations directly in hotels or accommodations other than those listed you may do so at your own discretion.

Hotel Residence WHITE PALACE
via Bologna, 15/2 - Cento (FE)

Fully booked

  • Single room Euro 65,00
  • Double room Euro 75,00
  • Triple room Euro 85,00
  • Quadruple room Euro 95,00

The tarifs are per room, per night. Breakfast, Wi-Fi. VAT included. Local tax excluded.

Bank account: CENTO HOTEL SRL
IBAN IT42K0611566890000000003500
bic / Swift : CRCEIT2C

Hotel Europa - Cento
SocietÓ Pierre Sas
via IV Novembre 16 - 44042 Cento (Fe)

  • Single room Euro 58,00
  • Double room Euro 80,00
  • Triple room Euro 110,00

The tarifs are per room, per night. Breakfast included. VAT included. Local tax excluded.

Bank account: Soc. PIERRE S.a.s. di Rebecchi Maria Cristina
IBAN: IT84S0611523401000000188300

Grand Hotel Bologna - Centro Congressi
Via Ponte Nuovo, 42 - 40066 Pieve di Cento - (Bologna) Italia

  • Single room Euro 55,00
  • Double room Euro 80,00
  • Triple room Euro 110,00
  • Quadruple room Euro 150,00

The tarifs are per room, per night. Breakfast included. VAT included. Local tax excluded.

Bank account: RISTO ITALIA SRL
IBAN IT27S0103003200000006309633



Participation to whole event (3 days) includes four Italian meals (first course + second course + side dish+beverages), eventual small refreshments along the way and the Sightseeing bus in Florence, has a cost of EURO 120

Special rebates are available to members in good standing  of the following associations / bodies:

    HMV Italia members - € 10,00 discount

    HMV Italia members with renewed ASI 2017 membership - € 20,00 discount

    GoticaToscana / Museo di Felonica ordinary members - € 20,00 discount


The owner of the participanting vehicle will receive a gadget of "The Column of Liberation" for free.

If you intend to participate only to some days of the program (minimum one whole day) costs change according to the table below. Please note costs are structured to encourage participation to the whole event.




(ordinary participation)

Discount cost

HMV Italia members

Discount cost

HMV Italia-ASI 2017 GoticaToscana – Museo Felonica ord. membership

23/24/25 - 4 meals

€ 120,00

€ 110,00

€ 100,00

23/04 - 2 meals

€ 80,00

€ 70,00

€ 60,00

24/04 - 1 meals

€ 50,00

€ 40,00

€ 30,00

Participation fee for the Children: 0-3 years old: gratuitous; 4-9 years old: 50% discount.

PLEASE REMEMBER: the full cost for the event is due concurrent to your preregistration as previously stated

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

  • Gotica Toscana Onlus segreteria@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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