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The village of Fontecchio and Amiternum excavations

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We suggest a week of archaeology camps and guided tours along the wonderful medieval mountain villages of Abruzzo. You will join L’Aquila University researchers – Department of Medieval Archaeololgy, IT and Anthropology – and medieval frescos restorers working in a medieval excavation and helping them to clean and restore the archaeological finds. In the afternoon you will visit medieval towns and buildings with University researchers, in order to discover everything about their history.

You will learn to date an ancient building and all of its development processes. You will meet medieval frescos restorers who are working on heritage damaged in the 2009 earthquake.

The journey includes: Cultural Tours

Day 1

• Arrival to Fontecchio and accommodation in historical buildings;
• Explanation of the tour schedule;
• Visit of medieval Fontecchio mountain village with expert local guides:
• Lunch in the wonderful cloister of the monastery of San Francesco;
• Visit of local castles and towers;
• Dinner and overnight in Fontecchio.

Day 2

• Breakfast and departure to join Amiternum archaeological camp to discover finds of the first cathedral of L’Aquila, S. Maria in Civitate;
• Lunch in Osteria due Ladroni and relax in Amiternum archaelogical park;
• During the afternoon, visit of the archeological site and return to Fontecchio;
• Dinner and overnight in Fontecchio.

Day 3

• Breakfast;
• Working in Amiternum archaeological camp;
• Lunch in Barete and visit to the church of S. Paolo;
• Dinner and overnight in Fontecchio.

Day 4

• Breakfast;
• Guided tour of the Castle of Ocre and the monastery of S. Spirito with the permanent exhibition “The Lords of Ocre: from Vestini to Normans”;
• Lunch in Fontecchio and free afternoon;
• Dinner and overnight in Fontecchio.

Day 5

• Breakfast;
• Working in Amiternum archaeological camp;
• Lunch at Spapizar in S. Vittorino;
• In the afternoon, visit to the church of S. Michele Arcangelo and possible entry in S. Vittorino catacomb;
• Dinner and overnight in Fontecchio.

Day 6

• Breakfast;
• Cleansing and classification of Amiternum excavations’ finds at the LAMIA;
• Light lunch and wine tasting at the “Cantina del Boss”.;
• Tour of L’Aquila.;
• Dinner and overnight in Fontecchio.

Day 7

• Breakfast;
• Visit of the church of Santa Maria ad Cryptas in Fossa with its extraordinary frescos;
• meeting with restorers;
• Visit of L’Aquila, damaged by the 2009 eartquake;
• Lunch and tasting at the “Cantina del Boss” ;
• Departure.

End of journey
RATE PER PERSON (GROUPS OF MIN. 6 PERSONS) (personalized quotation on request)
Price includes
•   Accommodation in double room with private bathroom
•   Breakfasts, lunches and dinners
•   Camp activities
•   Tour guides
•   Local transfers
•   Transfers from/to Roma airports or Pescara
•   Informative brochures
Price not includes
•   Everything not expressly specified in “The rate includes”
•   Extra activities on request
•   Extra transfers (for example, on the Free Day)
Travel time
7 Days and 6 nights
Your guide
Tour guide, university researchers
We provide you
•   All the required equipment for excavation
We suggest to bring
•   Comfortable clothes and shoes, camera
Book now at € 1200 per head