As part of the course, participants undertook several fieldtrips to cultural places, museums, monuments and archaeological sites in Italy.
Study visits were an opportunity to appreciate the art and history of Italy, and to have a first-hand experience of some of the points rose during the course.
The students visited the medieval town of Rieti, few kilometers away from Convento San Nicola. Rieti had been first a Roman possession, later, Papal residence, and its historic center has an impressive and monumental 12th century city wall enclosing it.
Visits were paid to Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Giotto’s frescoes in the Basilica of San Francis, as well as to the picturesque medieval towns of Spoleto and Perugia in central Italy.
During the visit in Sardinia, a tour was made of the northern area of the island, with important sites ranging from Prehistoric to Byzantine time.
Several days were spent in Rome, visiting some of the city’s main museums and monuments, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican Museums, the Capitoline Museums and the archaeological museums of Palazzo Massimo. The students were also invited to visit the conservation laboratories in the Vatican Museum, as well as the Istituto Centrale per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR), leading institution in the conservation of cultural heritage.