Pop up Abruzzo – Hands-On Heritage & Archaeology

Join us for a historical hands-on Abruzzo excursion on Thursday 8th August to explore the rich cultural and archaeological heritage of Abruzzo, the region that gave birth to the name ‘Italia’.


“We do not follow maps to buried treasure, and X never, ever marks the spot” Indiana Jones

As you arrive at Pescara you will be invited to share a scrumptious Italian breakfast whilst we go over all-important safety rules for our day out, and are ready for collection by our air-conditioned minibus.

Stories and Stones

We’ll join our history guide for an enthralling ‘back in time’ tour at the National Abruzzo Archaeological Museum housed in a neo-classical villa in Chieti.  The guide will interweave stories of Abruzzo’s first inhabitants, the Vestini, Peligni and Marrucini, Carricini, Sabini, Frentani, Equi and Marsi tribes and the expansion of Rome, with museum highlights that includes the Capestrano Warrior from the museum’s acclaimed collection that date from pre-historic to late antiquity.


Valley Lunch

On our way to our excavation site, we’ll stop for a delicious 3-course local lunch in Fara Filiorum PetriThe town is famous throughout Italy for the 3 -metre high reed torches that are lit to celebrate San Antonio Abate in January and its recipe for Cipollata using its own DOP flat-bottomed onions.

Archaeology at Iuvanum

Upon arrival at Iuvanum our Archaeology Professor from Chieti University will bring this well-preserved site to life.  Its incarnations stretch from the Bronze age when it was inhabited by a Samnite tribe known as the Carricini, to when it became a Roman town and later a Benedictine monastery built using stones from the ancient town.

We’ll learn the skills involved in excavating archaeological remains and work together to see if we can uncover glimpses from the past for the university and for display purposes at the museum.

At 18:00 after a fantastic day uncovering Abruzzo’s heritage, the minibus will depart back to our starting point of  Pescara the arrival time 19:30.


Price  €89 per person [bs_button size=”lg” type=”default” value=”Book” href=”https://www.qutours.com/tour/iuvanum-archaeological-experience/”]


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Essentials to Bring

  • Sun Cream
  • Sunhat
  • Walking Shoes

Timetable of our Archaeology Day, Thursday 8th August

08:45 – Meet at Piazza Salotto, Pescara

09:00 – 9:30 Breakfast in Pescara

9:30 – Transfer to Chieti

10:00 – Guided Visit

12:00-12:40 – Transfer

12:40 – Lunch

14:30-15:30 – Transfer

15:30-18:00 – Iuvanum

18:00 – Departure

19:30 – Arrival in Pescara

Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 11 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance travel and food web content manager and copywriter and EFL teacher - she is the founder of English in the Woods. She is the co-founder of the social enterprises: The Abruzzo Blogger Community and Let's Blog Abruzzo. She is currently writing the book 'Abruzzo: Folk and Food.

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