Vesuvian Archaelogy


The course aims to emphasize the importance of cultural roots which have brought together various peoples and civilizations, and have come to represent a fundamental element of European heritage. The course introduces participants to the foundations of Roman civilization and culture, as they came to be the primary influence of the development of the European states.
The importance of the archaeological sites of the Vesuvian area (Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae -some of the most visited archaeological sites in the world) and the influence of aspects of Roman culture (architecture, cooking, fashion and beauty, and music), offer participants the opportunity to investigate the roots of the traditions that have been so important and influential in the foundation of European history and culture.
This experience will deepen participants’ understanding of the theory and practice of archaeology in the field. Participants will enjoy an experience that will shape their world view and help them to understand Italy within its historical context.

• to introduce participants to Roman art, architecture, history and culture;
• to stress the importance and influence of Roman culture within the development of European culture;
• to encourage the sharing of personal experiences both between participants and with lecturers;
• to connect theory and practical experience in teaching and educational processes;
• to introduce the Bay of Naples as a destination for further art courses and trips;
• to introduce participants to history, folklore, culture, linguistics, art, architecture and archaeology with Roman influences.

The course methodology is based on a balance between both theory and practice and on the participants’ active contribution in the discussion of subjects and themes. The theory will offer participants the tools they need to build a strong understanding of the site and its history, which will be put into practice upon arrival at the site. Participants will take part in guided tours to the archaeological sites, where they will be given audio information and manuals with learning activities to complete. The lectures, led by qualified archaeologists, will focus on significant and interesting aspects of European culture and Roman civilization.
However, the goal of the course goes beyond its methodology: participants will learn about Roman culture and history in a fun and enjoyable environment. Exploring the aspects of daily life in the ancient world will engage and maintain the interest of participants. This methodology allows participants to find a connection between their own lives and ancient Roman culture in order to develop a better understanding and appreciation of Roman culture, history and society.
The project is based on on-site learning and experiences through direct involvement in workshops, visits in the region accompanied by guides and field experts, lectures and intensive classroom sessions.
This is very much an outdoor course in which the participants will visit various sites. Highly qualified guides and trainers ensure a simple approach while simultaneously experiencing a high level of education.

PROFESSOR Dr. Paolo Gardelli
Specializing in Classical Archaeology at the University of Padua, and a graduate in Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the University of Bologna, Dr. Paul Gardellihas held lectures in Vesuvian archeology for both the Moscow State University and the Vladimir State University in Russia.
Dr. Gardelli is an accredited professor under the EU Life Long Learning Comenius/GrundtvigProgram with a focus on Greek and Roman Culture and Pre-Roman Archaeology. He has gained extensive excavation experience through digs in the ancient Roman city of SuasaSenonum, CastelleoneSuasa(An), the archaeological excavation of a residential complex of the Roman spa, Abano(PD) and the archaeological excavation of an emerging stretch of old Via Aemilia.
He is currently the Co-Director of the archaeological excavation project and restoration and architectural survey carried out at the spa district of the Roman Villa of Ariadne in Castellammare di Stabia, acting on behalf of the NGO Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation in collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and under the direction the Archaeological Superintendence of Naples and Pompeii.