Field School 2021




Scientific Director: Prof. Franco Cambi

Field Directors: Laura Pagliantini (PhD), Edoardo Vanni (PhD)

September 20th – October 15th, 2021.

General view of the Villa


The Roman villa known as Villa delle Grotte was built at the end of the Ist century BC on a broad promontory overlooking the bay of Portoferraio. The privileged position was probably chosen by the ancient and noble family of the Valerii to host one of their luxurious residences of leisure.

First investigations on the villa were carried out by the Soprintendenza Archeologica della Toscana in the late 1960s.

The new archaeological investigation program has started in 2019 and aims to excavate and document new parts of the villa that were not considered in previous research.

Application is open to students, early career scholars and those passionate about archaeology, classics, art history, anthropology and cultural heritage management.


Number of Participants admitted: 10

Total Fee per Participant will include:

  • Room and board for four weeks in Portoferraio.
  • Ferry transportation from the port of Piombino to Portoferraio on the day of arrival and from Piombino to Portoferraio on the day of departure
  • Transportation to and from the excavation sites
  • Necessary excavation tools
  • Day trips during the weekend.

The fee does not include:

  • Airfare/travel arrangements to and from Italy
  • Train or bus fare/travel arrangements to and from Piombino (Ferry port) to destination others than Portoferraio (Elba Island).

The fee per participant is 1000,00 € to be paid upon acceptance into the program by September 5, 2021.

In order to participate in the program, a certificate of full vaccination against Covid-19 must be produced and ready to be sent upon acceptance. All participants who cannot provide a certificate of vaccination are subject to the requirement of a certificate of negative molecular (PCR) or antigenic test taken in the 48 hours prior to the beginning of the program (September 19).

A certificate will be released at the end of the three weeks of excavations.

Deadline to enrol in the program: August 15, 2021



Orthorectified images of the Roman Thermal Baths taken from drone


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Concessione di ricerche e scavi archeologici, decreto del Direttore Generale rep. n. 586 del 07/06/2021. Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali – Direzione Generale Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio