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Sant'Anna Institute | Department of Study Abroad

Sant'Anna Institute


Archaeology course: "Cities of fire" (45 contact hrs)


Sant'Anna Institute has designed an Archaeology J-Term Program . 

Only J-term: December 30 - January 14, 2018

Archaeology field trips included in the program:

1. Pompeii ruins 

Pompeii is the best place to learn how everyday life was 2000 years ago. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD the city had already been a Roman Colony for more than 150 years. The Pompeians were "officially Romans" as they had received the Roman citizenship and they were following Roman traditions, laws, religion and spoke Latin! Differently from all other archaeological Roman sites in the world, Pompeii was never changed by history, it was frozen in time and sealed by the volcanic material. That is why still today it is possible to walk on their original roads and see their shops and houses and private and public spaces. Spending 3 hours in Pompeii gives you the opportunity to visit some of the highlights and to touch with your hands part of this ancient history.  


2. Herculaneum ruins Length: 

Herculaneum is maybe the best preserved ancient Roman city that you can visit. Due to the dynamics of the eruption of 79 AD the city was burnt by the volcanic material and it is thus one of the few places in the world where you can see original burnt wood that is still "intact" after 2000 years.  Herculaneum was considered a Roman holyday resort, therefore it was richer than Pompeii; you can notice that by looking at the amazing and wealthy decorations of the walls and on the floors that are still in place.    


3. Oplontis ruins 

It is a little jewel of the Vesuvian area. It consists of just one villa, supposedly owned by Poppea Sabina, second wife of the emperor Nero. The villa is a huge place and it is magnificent thanks to all the decorations that are still preserved. You can still admire the amazing paintings on the walls and some beautiful mosaics floors. You really can sense the wealth of the place and feel like being in a "royal palace" of 2000 years ago.   


4. Archaeological Museum of Naples   

The Museum was started by the Borboun kings, the ruling dynasty in Naples in the XVIII century and it is one of the most important Museums in Europe because it contains all the artifacts found during the excavations of the Vesuvian cities. Some of the best parts are, of course, the wonderful statues, frescoes and mosaics found in Pompeii, Heculaneum and Oplontis, but maybe one of the most interesting sector is the display of the "tools and objects" used in everyday life, like potteries, glasses, woman make-up and even surgeon tools! This is a basic step to have a complete view on Roman life. Another wonderful sector of the Museum is the so called "Farnese Collection" inherited by the king from his mother Elisabetta Farnese. It includes some "roman pieces" that are some of the absolute masterpieces of ancient history of art, like the Farnese Bull and the Farnese Hecules that were originally made for the Caracalla Bath in Rome.    


Cost: $1,926 per student


The program fee includes:  

  • Orientation Activities and welcome reception
  • Accommodation in Sorrento double/triple rooms in shared apartments-self catering
  • Welcome group dinner in Sorrento
  • Orientation session 
  • Walking tour of Sorrento
  • 1 Archaeology course ( 3 credits ) in SorrentO
  • 4 field trips [ Pompeii ruins - Herculaneum ruins - Oplontis ruins - Archaeological Museum of Naples]. Transportation and entrance fee included
  • Staff assistance and emergency contact numbers available 24 hrs at Sant’Anna
  • Sant’Anna students’ card for discounts in local stores, bars and restaurants
  • Wi-fi / Free Internet access at Sant’Anna 

For more detailed information, questions & enrollments, please email our Assistant Program Coordinator, Serena Vacca.


For enrollments, please fill in the form here.




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