Must See Ancient Greek Temples

Ancient Greek temples were arguably the most important monuments from Ancient Greece. They were used as monuments to their beloved gods and goddesses, as opposed to places of worship. The first stone temples appear in the 6th C CE. The Acropolis of Athens, Greece Dominating the skyline in Athens in the Acropolis. Dating back to…

A Walk Through Time: in San Gemini

I have spoken about San Gemini many times in the past. This is probably because it was my first ever international destination, and therefore holds a pretty special place in my heart. It was here that I found wanderlust. I found what really matters; experiences are more important than possessions, exposing yourself to different culture…

Travelling to San Gemini

It was 8pm when I arrived at Fiumicino Airport in Rome. As we flew in over the ranges, and the villages, I was so happy. So happy that there are no words to describe the excitement that was surging through me. I smiled through the entire landing and taxiing. I can still feel that feeling…

Best Carnivals Around the World

Carnival is the religious festive season which occurs immediately before Lent (the six weeks directly before Easter marked by fasting), traditionally held in areas with a large Catholic and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Orthodox makeup. Cologne, Germany Beginning 11th November and going through winter, Germans celebrate during Karneval, aka Fasching. In cologne events include…

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…

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…

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…

Lesser Known Pyramids From Around the World

A pyramid is defined by its shape, where its outer surfaces are triangular and converge upwards. Although pyramids are predominantly associated with Egypt, the pyramid shape was first used in ancient Mesopotamia to build the mud-brick ziggurat. The pyramids shape has continued to be used by the Greeks and Romans. If you like it, you should pin it!