Summer School in Classical Archaeology

Travel Information


Arrivals and departures

Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Italy. The field school will take place in the municipality of Rosignano Marittimo, South of Leghorn (Tuscany). Accomodations are located in the municipality of Castellina Marittima, next to Rosignano Marittimo.

The closest airports are located in Pisa (PSA) and Florence (FLR), but it may be more cost-effective for students to fly into Rome and take a train to the station of Rosignano Solvay, where staff and students will be housed.

On Sunday, July 5 two meeting points will be available, at Pisa Airport (4.00 p.m.) and Rosignano Solvay train station (6.00 p.m.). Students landed in Florence are suggested to take a train to Pisa Airport. Students landed in Rome are suggested to take a train to Rosignano Solvay. Participants are kindely requested to let the staff know (e-mail us) which meeting point they’ll choose.

On Saturday, July 25 departures will be planned; the staff will drive the students – the time that each will decide – to the station of Rosignano Solvay, where they could take trains to Rome, Pisa or Florence.


Clothing and Equipment

Students should plan on bringing clothing appropriate to the summer season and the following items specifically for the field school:

  • comfortable, lightweight pants and shirts to be worn during excavation (shirts with shoulders and sleeves are preferable to tank tops);
  • closed-toe work shoes with reinforced steel soles (no sandals or flip flops are allowed on the site);
  • comfortable work gloves;
  • a hat to protect the head during the hottest hours of the day;
  • backpack;
  • sunscreen and insect repellent;
  • a canteen or water bottle.

We remind that steel toe safety shoes are required by law in Italy excavations. 

Sunglasses are not allowed during the field activities.

The following items are required for the accomodations: twin sheet sets (flat sheet, standard pillow case, fitted sheet) OR a sleeping bag; shower and hand towels; personal toiletries; small personal first aid kit and any required prescription medications; basic school supplies.



US citizens are required to carry a passport valid for at least 6 months following the date of entry in Italy. No visa is required to enter the country for a stay shorter than 90 days. All students are highly encouraged to read and review information relevant to traveling to Italy posted on the US Department of State’s website.


Currency and Local Expenditures

As a member of the European Union (EU) Italy adopted the Euro (€) in 2002 – updated information on Euro-US dollar exchange can be easily found online. Students will not incur in any additional fees for the duration of the field school but they may want to bring spending money to purchase souvenirs, gifts and other personal items. Money may be exchanged at local banks, exchange agencies and hotels, or simply withdrawn at local ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, but small establishments may accept only cash.


Health and medical informations

The participation in the field school at Vada involves intense physical activity and possibly high temperatures (over 90 °F) during the workday. It is mandatory that all students consult with their physician to confirm that they will be able to endure the demands of working outdoors for several hours.

However no physician’s note of good health is required; since the Vada Volaterrana field school is a Pisa University official one, participants will be covered by University insurance for the entire time of the excavation.

In case of students with medical conditions and/or special needs, a specialist’s note will be required. In order to guarantee safety and proper intervention in case of emergency, we raccomand to bring a doctor’s note containing your medical history information. Such information will be treated with absolute confidentiality and will not be disclosed to any third party unless required to safeguard the student’s health.

Given the potential exposure to pathogens in the soil, students must have had a tetanus vaccination or booster within the past ten years; no other vaccinations are required to travel to Italy.