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The Apolline Project

The Apolline Project is a multi-disciplinary research project which seeks to bring to light the hitherto neglected past of the area to the north of the spectacular Mt. Vesuvius and the Apennines. The project has several components, linked by our interest in the late antique eruption of Mount Vesuvius which occurred in AD 472. Major excavation work has up until recently focused upon the well preserved post-79 AD Roman baths at Pollena Trocchia. For this site, the study of artefacts continues with great results published annually. In 2015 we have brought our distinctive interest in post-79 AD also in Pompeii, and specifically at the Suburban Baths, where traces of resettlements have been found. In 2016, following the ashes of the Vesuvian eruption, we moved towards the Apennines, where we are bringing to light remains of the Roman city of Aeclanum, on the Via Appia.

Please have a look at the relevant pages in this website to know more about our general research questions and the methodology used in the study of pottery, ecofacts, and volcanic fills.

The results gained so far have been presented worldwide and published in an edited book and in several articles, which you can download. In 2011 this project was awarded the European Archaeological Heritage Prize, especially in consideration of our commitment to the local community.

The Apolline Project is also a registered non-profit organisation, thus we are legally committed to not make any profit from your donations and to spend the entire amount in activities which have a social impact, specifically to foster the research and to raise awareness of the past among the local population. Furthermore, we maintain a high level of scholarship and participation on our excavation, but pledge also to keep the participation affordable.

This page provides some general information on our open projects, both fieldworks and classes, and how to apply for them. Please note that our projects are quite popular (we receive roughly 300 applications for each campaign), but we can host only a few people for each slot, therefore we encourage you to apply asap.

Open Projects

Currently all projects are closed, please check again this page in Winter.

How to apply

Please follow this link and complete the electronic application. Applicants are required to provide name and contact information of a relevant person – such as a professor or previous excavation supervisor – who can verify the details you provide in your application. Any application submitted will be strongly considered and processed within three weeks (unless you need to know it earlier for a grant proposal with your University, in that case please specify it in the application). However, there is a limited number of spaces so the earlier you apply the greater your chances of being accepted. We offer a select number of scholarships to participants to the pottery course in Pollena Trocchia, each worth 500 Euros. To apply, please have two letters of recommendation sent by your referees to These letters and your project application will be used to evaluate your eligibility for the scholarship. We do require payment in advance of the scholarship decision. The awardee(s) will be given the scholarship prize on site as a reimbursement.

Travel and Free Time

We guarantee transportation from the main train station in Naples to the location of the program chosen, either Pollena Trocchia or Mirabella Eclano, as well as transfer from one location to the other, for those who combine programs.

For those staying in Pollena Trocchia, public transport in the area – including trains and buses – is good and participants will be able to move around the area with ease. Pollena Trocchia is connected to Naples via the Circumvesuviana train network, a one-way ride costs € 2.10 and lasts about 20 minutes. From Naples a train ride to Pompeii lasts about 30 mins and roughly one hour to Rome.

For students participating on Aeclanum excavations or training courses (thus based in Mirabella Eclano), travel options are more challenging to arrange. There are no trains connecting the town to Naples, so we will organise field trips once per block on the weekends at no extra cost to the students, as well as transportation to Naples’ train station at the end of each block. Staff and returning students will be able to help any participants plan excursions to Naples or Benevento should they want to travel to these locations themselves.

If your application is successful you will be provided with further logistical information in a welcome email.


For international participants to the lab work in Pollena Trocchia and Pompeii, accommodation will be provided at Cappabianca – a late 19th-century palazzo. Guests should expect the amenities to be on par with what is generally expected when staying in a hostel. For international participants this is included in the price, along with kitchen, showers and washing facilities. If preferred, at extra cost it can be arranged for students to stay in local hotel accommodation, although students generally prefer to stay in Cappabianca.
For international participants to the other projects based at Aeclanum, a former school in dormitory conditions is available.

Important disclaimer

The Apolline Project is not a company nor makes financial gain from the activity that it runs. It is an open network of scholars who make research, restoration, and public archaeology. It uses a legally-recognised non-profit organisation to collect and use funds.
Please consider donating, we do need your support and generosity to continue our activities and raise awareness of the past.

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