Summer Archeology Program
May 20th – June 30th, 2022

The Trasimeno Archaeology Field School, based in nearby Castiglione del Lago on the shores of Lake Trasimeno between Umbria and Tuscany, provides a curricular concentration in Archaeology and History. This six-week program begins with student arrival and pick-up from the Rome airport and transfer to Perugia for the welcome dinner. After orientation, the group is brought to nearby Castiglione del Lago where they live for the duration of the program.

This location was chosen for its wonderfully hospitable community and its jurisdiction and proximity to the archaeological site. Student time will be allocated between on-site work (at the newly discovered ruins of a Roman Villa on Lake Chiusi), in-class lessons, extra-curricular activities in Castiglione and Perugia, and field trips. At the end of the program, students will be transferred to Perugia for a farewell festa and taken by private bus to the Rome airport for departure. Program dates are provided on the Summer Session One academic calendar.

On-Site Study

The Field School consists of two courses, one theoretical and one practical, both based in Castiglione del Lago with daily work on the archaeological site. The program aims to provide you with a comprehensive overview of up-to-date theories and methods of archaeological research and fieldwork as applied to the civilizations that shaped the history and culture of central Italy. 


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The last three years of campaigns in the territory of Castiglione del Lago have revealed significant archaeological remains, including a Roman building complex and a possible Roman road. The goal of the campaign as a whole is to assess the original pattern of human impact in the entire territory, and understand its development since antiquity.

Umbra Institute’s mission is to develop our students’ expertise in the full range of methods and processes employed in a complete archaeological project, from research design and preliminary survey of the territory, to methods of data collection in the field and digging, to the cataloging and display of archaeological remains. Investigating the archaeological heritage of this landscape, our project provides an instructive example of how different civilizations built upon one another in the same geographic area.

The Excavation Site

Dig Site on Google Maps


The fieldwork takes place at a recently discovered archaeological find located on the shores of Lake Chiusi, on the Umbrian-Tuscan border just a few miles from Castiglione del Lago and Lake Trasimeno. On fieldwork days, a private bus will take students, faculty, and staff to the site for a full-day’s work and research. Lunch is on-site, and students return home in the mid-afternoon. Alternating days will be spent in class, at the local museum, or on field trips to nearby sites of interest.

This archaeological site has yet to be fully mapped and explored. Preliminary findings indicate the presence of a Roman villa, including thermal infrastructures, mosaics, and a possible Roman road. The Archaeological Field School is a long-term project run in cooperation with local institutions. Every summer, students contribute to the uncovering of the site and the display of artifacts in the expanding archaeological museum of Castiglione del Lago. Join us this summer to explore this exciting discovery and unearth the secrets that lie beneath as we travel back to the time of ancient Rome.

Student Life

Castiglione del Lago is a charming medieval town in Umbria, located on top of a small peninsula along the southwestern shores of Lake Trasimeno. A member of the prestigious I Borghi più Belli d’Italia Association (The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy), Castiglione is situated between renowned historical cities, such as Orvieto, Chiusi, Arezzo, Cortona, and Perugia. All Field School participants will stay in Castiglione during the summer term, only a few miles away from Perugia and easily accessible by bus or train. Program participants live in modernly furnished studio apartments (2-3 students each) a short walk from the lake shore, supermarkets and all other important venues. All apartments include fully-equipped kitchens.


Extra-Curricular Activities

In line with Umbra’s traditional focus on community engagement, field school participants will have the opportunity to enjoy day-to-day life as a local and experience the ambiance of an Italian town. A renowned summer location, Castiglione is an international venue for relaxing vacations, swimming, and sun-bathing on its beaches, or for practicing a variety of sports: cycling, sailing, wind- and kite-surfing, and canoeing. The beautiful hills surrounding the area offer opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Bus and train services connect Castiglione to other cities, including Rome and Florence, making it easy to travel over weekends.


Partnerships & Community Engagement

The Trasimeno Archaeology Field School is run by the Umbra Institute in cooperation with the Archeological Superintendency of Umbria, with the Comune of Castiglione del Lago and the Archeological Research Intrageo. The Archaeological Field School is collaborative and aims to involve the community of Castiglione del Lago in a long-term relationship. As part of the project, students cooperate with the local archaeological museum to enhance its visibility and impact.



Deadline for application is April 19th. To receive additional information or to be contacted by an Umbra representative, we welcome you to fill out the contact form on this page. Applying is easy. Just click the APPLY NOW button and your adventure begins!


Fee Includes:
The academic program, airport transfers, housing in a residential hotel in Castiglione del Lago, orientation and welcome dinner (at a local restaurant), Resident Director and site coordinator, help desk and 24-hour support/assistance, residential hotel facilities (bbq, pool, etc.), Umbra-sponsored cultural activities, transportation to/from the dig site, daily refreshments (on-site), official transcript.

Program Fees do NOT Include:
Airfare to/from Rome, meals, lab fees (€ 250), textbooks, and personal expenses. Lab fees cover field trips and excursions, museum entrance fees, overnight trip to Rome, farewell dinner.