Must See Castles in Scotland

Scotland has many castles dating from the 11th C CE which were used for defensive strategies. They are diverse in style and landscape, most with spectacular views. Balmoral Castle Located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, this estate dates from the 14th C CE where it began as a hunting lodge, and has since been in the British…

Must See Rock Art from Around the World

Altamira Cave Located in northern Spain and is known to be the first prehistoric painting to be discovered dating to c.16000-11500 years ago Bhimbetka Located in central India dating to c.12000 years ago Chauvet Cave Located in the south of France dating to c.32000 years ago Cueva de las Manos Located in southern Argentina dating…

The Vatican Museums and Vatican City

Construction of Old St. Peter’s Basilica began 324 CE by order of Emperor Constantine the Great. Construction of the present basilica began on 18 April 1506 and was completed on 18 November 1626. The renaissance architecture was principally designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Vatican Museums originated as a group…

Pompeii: a city frozen in time

Pompeii is a uniquely ruined city which provides a perfect example of Roman life in the first century CE. The city lies south-east of Mount Vesuvius, alongside the Bay of Naples, in the Italian region of Campani. The reason for Pompeii’s archaeological importance and popularity amongst tourists is that when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79…

Carsulae: Etruscan ruins in Umbria

Carsulae is an archaeological site located around 4km north of the town San Gemini, Umbria. The town likely originated as a mansio or rest stop. It is possible the place was selected for the water, which is very high in calcium, and is now bottled under the brand San Gemini. The city dates from 300…

Spectacularly Photogenic Caves Around the World

Batu Caves, Malaysia Created 400 million years ago, this limestone hill is located 13km north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India which is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Capricorn Caves, Australia The limestone Capricorn Caves, located 23km north of Rockhampton, Australia, is one of the longest…

Must See Castles in Wales

Castles were introduced to the United Kingdom c.1066 CE when the Normans invaded. Although few castles had been built before this time, it was not until the Normans that the motte and bailey, and ringworks castles were built in large numbers. These played an important role in military, economic and social control.

Wanderlust: how I caught the travel bug

I was 19 years old and I was studying archaeology at university. I had always been interested in other cultures – obvious due to my choice in degree – and I wanted an excuse to travel the world as a job. The idea sounds very appealing, right? I soon realised that archaeology was less Indiana…

Famous Places: what the perspective

Check out these top 10 famous landmarks from the post 23 far away perspectives of famous places as seen on Distractify. Brandenburg Gate Forbidden City Great Wall of China Little Mermaid Mona Lisa Mont St Michel Niagara Falls Pyramids of Giza Sagrada Familia Taj Mahal   Source: Distractify

San Gemini Preservation Studies

San Gemini Preservation Studies is run during the European summer and provides a variety of programs for you to attend based on your interests. Certification is supplied at the end of your 4 week stint. This program is held in the beautiful countryside village of San Gemini in Umbria. Accommodation provided includes fully equipped apartments…