Getting to Portus
Each participant is to arrange their own travel to Rome. You will be picked up from the Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) airport, whether you are arriving there by plane, by car or by train from Rome, depending on your itinerary and plans prior to the Field School. Field school students should arrive on Sunday June 21st. Last working day will be Friday 10th July- you are free to leave on the 11th or stay till the 12th when all of the team will be leaving. All transportation during your stay that is related to Field School activities (daily transfer to and from the site, transfer to and from the airport, and well as field trips) is arranged and included in the project fee.
At the site
The site of Portus is large and remote from the present-day town of Fiumicino, but the facilities at the site are surprisingly adequate, thanks to the old Hunting Lodge (Casale) that Dukes Cesarini constructed at the time when the site was their pleasure garden. This building serves a number of purposes today, and we use it for finds processing, lectures, recording and documentation work. It is also where we take lunch breaks. The Casale is equipped with toilets and some kitchen facilities.
All participants will be staying in comfortable family run B&Bs in the town of Fiumicino. Expect to share the room with one or two other participants, with 2 to 4 people sharing a bathroom. B&Bs vary slightly, but most B&B’s have a fully equipped kitchen, facilities for washing clothes and internet. All of the B&Bs are in the Fiumicino itself, so within an easy reach of shops, restaurants, pharmacies, the beach and all other amenities that this town provides.
You will be taking breakfast in the B&B before being picked up to go to the site. Packed lunches are provided at the site, as well as unlimited quantities of bottled water. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in the mid-morning break. Mondays- Fridays and on Sunday evenings the whole team meets for a dinner in a local restaurant, which consists of simple local fare. There are options available for vegetarians, and it is crucial that dietary requirements have been specified in advance within the application process.
We provide most of the excavation and protective equipment that you will need, as well as the field journals that those doing the course for credits will be obliged to keep. We would ask you however to bring the following items: your own trowel (WHS trowel or similar) and steel toe-capped boots (safety requirement under the Italian law). You should also bring protective gloves, your own water bottle and some prefer to have their own writing and drawing utensils.