UPDATE: Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding the travel regulations related to COVID-19, IFR will assess the local conditions closer to the travel date (5-6 weeks prior to the program beginning) and will make Go/No Go decisions then. We urge you to participate in the mandatory orientation meeting when we will discuss the latest travel information and regulations. We also suggest you consider postponing the purchase of your airline ticket until after the program orientation.
Travel to the Site
Basilicata is one of Italy’s most rugged regions, and travel to the site takes some time. If there is a quarantine requirement, students will travel together with Giulia Saltini Semerari to the closest train station and take a train from there.
If there is no quarantine, Giulia Saltini Semerari will meet in Rome with the students and they will make their way by train to the agriturismo together.
Programming of Italian trains has been changing due to COVID-19, and there are less options available. It is too soon to know exactly when the direct train from Rome to Basilicata will leave. Provisionally, the meeting point is at 2:30 PM at Termini train station in Rome, at the right entrance (coming from Piazza dei Cinquecento, which is the square in front of the station) of the bookstore Borri Books. The meeting point and time will be confirmed closer to the date.
Students will have to wear KN95 masks at all time while travelling, and we will make every effort to respect social distances whenever possible.
The trip takes about 5.5 hours. Students will be picked up at the station of Ferrandina and driven to the agriturismo, which is about 20 minutes away. If you miss the meeting, please get in touch with us and we will give you directions to reach us independently.
Travel at the site
The excavation is a 15-minute drive away from the agriturismo. Students will travel by car and/or minivan. Since social distancing is impossible in these circumstances, students will be required to wear KN95 masks during the drive, while keeping the windows open whenever possible.
If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email the field school director immediately. A local emergency mobile phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
There are no special visa requirements for American citizen traveling to Europe, as long as they do not stay longer than 3 months. Passports expiration date should exceed the stay by at least 3 months. Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirements.
Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirements.