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Explore the Greatest Ancient Cities. Archaeological tour of Athens (Greece), Rome and Pompeii (Italy)

Location: Rome, Italy

November 27, 2013 to March 21, 2014

Session dates: 
11) November 27 - December 16; 1) January 03 – January 22; 2) February 02 - February 21; 3) March 02 – March 21

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Flyer: course005.pdf

Program Type

Field school


The Sanisera Field School: International Archaeology Courses (more than 20 courses)

Project Director:

Fernando Contreras & Cesar Gonzalez

Project Description

Our commitment is to promote Archaeology in its different aspects of research, training, and conservation, with a basic and clear purpose: to involve anyone from around the world who wishes to gain access to this scientific field. Sanisera is an international archaeological organization whose main aim is that of promoting and developing research , so that our current and future generations can be enriched by culture and education in this field.


Why participate?


Courses Quick Guide


General Information


This program, which has been scheduled by the Sanisera Field School, is divided in two main parts. In the first part of the course students will discover the most significant remains of Ancient Greece through an archaeological tour of ancient Athens, which will be lead by an expert on Greek art. During the second part students will discover the most significant remains of Ancient Rome through an archaeological tour of ancient Rome, which will be lead by an expert on Roman art.

Part 1. Explore the Acropolis of Athens (Greece)

For the first part of the course, the Sanisera Field Program has scheduled an archaeological tour of the city of Athens, where students will visit the most important classical remains. This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English.

Athens is the cradle of our civilization. In Classical times Athens became Greece’s artistic center under Pericles' reign. His architects designed spectacular buildings in the Acropolis and his sculptors, painters and potters had no equal.

One of the basic elements to be found in Greek cities was the Acropolis. The Acropolis of Athens was similar to a fortified sanctuary on top of a hill. On its highest point, the Northwestern side of the Parthenon was located at 90 m above the city’s plateau. The monumental gate of the Acropolis was the Propylaea, which was built at the Western end of the complex. To the right of the other end of The Acropolis there is the Parthenon, which was dedicated to Athena. Other significant building was the Erechtheion, which was dedicated to all the gods, goddesses and heroes that were worshiped in The Acropolis. On its southern side there is a portico sustained by the caryatids – women-shaped columns.

In the center of modern-day Athens there are many other archaeological remains which will be visited by students – Dyonysos theater, the Pillars of Olympian Zeus, the Athenian Agora, the Keramiekos Cemetery- and, of course, a must-to-do visit to The Acropolis Museum.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.

Part 2. Explore Rome & Pompeii (Italy)

For the second part of the course, the Field Program has scheduled an archaeological tour around the city of Rome, where students will visit the most important classical remains. This tour will have a duration of five days.

At its peak Rome was a densely populated city surrounded by ancient fortifications, which extended up to a radius of 3 square kilometers. It had 11 public baths and over 1000 pools and fountains that fed through 19 aqueducts. It also had two circuses and two amphitheaters, triumphal arches and 36 thousand statues. There were nearly two million palaces.

In the heart of the city there was the forum, where merchants gathered, as well as senators and priests who celebrated their rituals and sacrifices according to the requirements of Roman religion.

Very near the Forum there was the Colosseum, which was a magnificent theater built in just 10 years and dedicated to the entertainment of the great mass of the population. It could accommodate 50,000 spectators who could watch fights among gladiators.

Another unique building in Rome is undoubtedly the Pantheon. Built between 118 and 125 A.D., it was a temple dedicated to all gods. It is the most remarkable monument of the whole Roman Empire which has survived in its original form. All decorative elements, mosaic tiles and interior columns remain the same, and its vaulted dome was the largest ever built until the twentieth century.

The art collection which is on display in the halls of the Vatican and the Capitoline Museums are the essential complement to admire the Roman classical world. Also, a visit to Pompeii will be carried out.

This tour will have a duration of five days and explanations will be in English.

Time dedicated to this part of the program: 50%.


Directed at

Who has not dreamed of visiting Rome and Athens? For all lovers of archaeology and students studying classics or archaeology, it is a must to visit and explore the most important monuments in classical archaeology in the Mediterranean. If you agree, this course is for you.

This program is designed for people that want to experience the history and archaeology of the classical would, guided by an expert on the material exhibited in the museums in Rome and Athens and that will also explain the art and architecture of the of the monuments that will be visited. 

Previous knowledge or experience in archaeology or computer systems is not required.


Field School life & language

This field school program, with a length of 20 days, will start in Athens (Greece). Students will meet in Athens on the first day. Next and during the following 6 days they will focus on an archaeological tour around Athens in order to discover the Acropolis and its surroundings, Dionysos Theatre, The Pillars of Olympian Zeus, Herodus Attius Theatre, The Hill of Areios Pagos, Athenian and Roman Agora, the Kerameikos Cemetery and The Acropolis Museum.

On the 11th day, after 3 days-off, participants will fly to Rome, where they will  stay for  6 day. There, students will focus on an archaeological tour around Rome in order to discover the Coliseum and its surroundings, Capitoline and Vatican Museums –including the Sistine chapel-, Pompeii city and the Christian basilicas in Trastevere.

Once students finish the archaeological tour in Rome, they will have two days off in order to enjoy their free time. On the 19th day of the course students will fly back to Athens, from where they will go back home.



At the end of the Field Program, students will receive a certificate of participation stating the hours and activities of the course. Participants that perform exceedingly well in the course may receive a letter of recommendation from our organization upon request.

Sessions & Cost

Open new session for 2013,

Session #11 November 27 – December 16, $ 3,200

For 2014, 3 sessions,

Session #1 January 03 – January 22,  $ 3,200

Session #2 February 02 -  February 21,  $ 3,200

Session #3 March 02 – March 21,  $ 3,200



Spaces available

The course is limited to 8 participants per session. Reservations are only effective when payment of the registration fee is received. If for any reason the course is cancelled, payment is returned according to the field school refund policy.

Period(s) of Occupation: Greek & Roman Archaeology

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 20 days

Minimum age: 
18 (contact with questions about age)

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Course fee includes
Course tuition.
• Accommodation.
• Daily transportation.
• Flight to Athens – Rome / Rome - Athens
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner (only while in Sanisera - Menorca)
• Certificate of participation.
Airfare not included from the student home to/from Athens (Greece).
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are not included either. We will recommend some cafés and restaurants that do not exceed the average of 18€/day in meals. Entry tickets to museums and historical buildings are not included either.


Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Cesar Gonzalez
Es Mercadal
(34) 666 68 65 50