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Team Members' Frequently Asked Questions:
Pompeii Food and Drink Project

Here are answers to frequently asked questions. Enrolled Team Members will receive detailed instructions about a month before departure. If you still need more information, email BettyJoMayeske@aol.com
  1. When will the field work in Pompeii take place?

  2. What are the costs?

  3. How long has this project been in operation?

  4. How is my money used?

  5. How many team members will there be?

  6. Who books the airplane flights?

  7. Is a passport and/or visa needed?

  8. Where will we meet?

  9. What are the hotel accommodations?

  10. Can I use the hotel telephone?

  11. Is the hotel wired for Internet?

  12. Where do we eat meals?

  13. What about special dietary needs?

  14. Are special skills needed?

  15. Is there an age restriction?

  16. What is the weather like in June and July?

  17. What kind of clothes and equipment are needed?

  18. Any health or other restrictions?

  19. Where is the site?

  20. What is a typical day?

  21. Is there any free time?

  22. Where can I wash clothes?

Team Members at a Mill in a Commercial Bakery

Team Members at Work
at a Mill in a Commercial Bakery

Team Members Hear Lecture

Educational Lecture
George Lectures Team about Isis;

1. When will the field work in Pompeii take place?
June 23rd to July 12th, 2019
2. What are the costs?
Full payment of $1550 per week for returning Team Members and $1650 per week for new Team Members. $1500 per week for those who come for all three weeks. This does not include airfare and getting to Pompeii. Returning team members may choose to come for one, two, or three weeks and may deduct $100 per week from the weekly fee. New team members may come for one, two, or three weeks. Note that no one may come for only Week Two.

It is preferable for new team members to come for at least 2 weeks in order to get to know Pompeii and the work of the project within the ancient city. A non-refundable down payment of $500.00 is required to obtain a project slot. Without a down payment, which should accompany one's registration information, one does not have an assured slot or room assignment.

Half of the total costs must be paid by Feb. 1 and all of the costs paid by April 1. A bill will be sent to each volunteer 2 weeks prior to the payment deadline.

If you wish to register and there is still space available after Feb. 1, a non-refundable down payment of $500.00 is required to obtain a project slot and room assignment. Half of the total costs must be paid within a month of one's registration, and all of the costs paid by April l. No refunds will be made after May 15, 2019. This year there will be a surcharge of $100.00 a week extra for each week, if one wishes to register after Feb. 14.


3. How long has this project been in operation?
casa di pinaro cerialeThis year, 2019, will be our 18th year. We have worked on site for 16 years; the first three years under the auspices of the EarthWatch Institute. We were not in the field for one year. Our experienced staff includes historians, archaeologists, and experts in photography, sketching, and database development.


4. How is my money used?
Room and board, supplies for field work, administrative costs.


5. How many team members will there be?
The Pompeii Food and Drink project will usually accept 18 team members/volunteers a week for a three week period. Often  by January, the project is full, and we begin a wait list.


6. Who books the airplane flights?
Team members arrange their own flights to Milan, Munich, or Ireland and then on to Naples. .


7. Is a passport and/or visa needed?
A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens. Visas are not necessary to enter Italy.

Hotel Pool Villa dei Misteri


8. Where will we meet?
The rendezvous site is the Villa dei Misteri Motel, Sunday evening at 6:30 PM of the week you have chosen to participate.


9. What are the hotel accommodations?
Reservations for our group have already been made. Villa dei Misteri Motel is a small family-run hotel with air-conditioned rooms, eating facilities, and a swimming pool. Rooms, each with a private bath, are for two people. There is daily maid service. You do not need to bring bedding or linens, although washcloths are rarely available in Europe. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the scavi.

Usually everyone shares a room with one other person. If, however, one requests a single room, an effort will be made to honor single room requests which would include a single supplement payment. However, a single room is not guaranteed nor will one be assigned before a late spring date. By late spring we should know what the room requirements will be for all team members/volunteers.

Tel: +(39) 081-861-3593
Fax: +(39) 081-862-2983
E-mail: info@villadeimisteri.it
http://www.villadeimisteri.it


10. Can I use the hotel telephone?
The telephone in the reception area is not for guest use and is limited to emergency calls. If you expect to send or receive many calls, please rent a cell phone in Italy or bring an enabled phone with you.


11. Is the hotel wired for Internet?
Yes and there are also inexpensive Internet points at nearby campsites and in town.


12. Where do we eat meals?
dinner at the hotelBreakfasts and dinners on a large veranda overlooking the swimming pool at the Villa del Misteri. Lunch in the scavi cafeteria or panini in the field or a favorite restaurant - Paradiso - just outside the exit of the city.


13. What about special dietary needs?
Please let us know if you prefer vegan or vegetarian, diabetic, or Kosher meals, or are lactose or gluten intolerant. We will do our best to accommodate special diets. Be aware that vegetarianism is not widely practiced in Italy. Meat-free meals are possible, but it may be a problem to avoid animal products altogether. In general, the Mediterranean diet is considered to be one of the healthiest in the world.


14. Are special skills needed?
measuring teamNo. Documentation is by measuring, drawing, and photography. The data is then entered into the computer. All skills will be taught. However, luckily, our team members seem to be very talented.


15. Is there an age restriction?
Minimum is 18 years. Special approvals can be made for younger children of parents participating in the project, if a parent gives written approval and agrees to be responsible for the child. Older folks are very welcome.


16. What is the weather like in June and July?
keeping coolThe scavi is hot and sunny, but usually with a pleasant sea breeze. The humidity is about 65%; the temperature ranges from 30 to 37 C (86 to 98 F); the altitude is about sea level, and the amount of rainfall is low. Two years ago there were fires on Vesuvius, and water dumping planes made many trips to douse the flames.

17. What kind of clothes and equipment are needed?
Comfortable clothing for hot sunny weather (shorts, hats, hiking boots, sport shoes, bathing suit); bottled water, insect repellant, sun block, personal medical supplies. The streets are rocky and uneven, so consider long pants or pants that cover your knees.


18. Any health or other restrictions?
Ability to work on your feet for 6 hours in the sun (shady areas do exist).
Must be able to walk 10 minutes back and forth from hotel on a small paved road. Entrance to scavi is a short, steep hill to a flat plateau at the top (relatively short).

The Pompeii Food and Drink Project reserves the right to reject any applicant we believe will not be able to make a positive contribution to the work of the project.


19. Where is the site?
The excavation site (called the scavi) is adjacent to the modern town of Pompei, Italy, about 25 km. from Naples, and 3 hours by train from Rome.

20. What is a typical day?
Assigned work can begin at 8:00 A.M We can enter the scavi earlier than others with our passes. Lunch sometime between 12:00 to 1:00. Return to work at hotel at 3:00 P.M . These times may vary. Return to hotel for free time (reading, naps, swimming pool). At 4:00 PM, rotating assignments for entering data into computer. Usually staff present lectures at 6:30 PM with dinner at 7:30 PM.


21. Is there any free time?
House of the VettiIf you are not scheduled for computer entry (see question 20), the afternoon is at your disposal. Weekends are free from Saturday morning to Sunday evening. Joining the project for two weeks allows you to tour surrounding areas for one or two weekends. Often team members form tour groups to explore the Campanian area together. Breakfasts and dinners are served as usual on the weekends.


22. Where can I wash clothes?
Clothes can be hand-washed in bathroom sinks. The balconies off each room in the main building are furnished with drying racks. Clothes dry very quickly in the hot dry Pompeii air. Clothes can also be washed, for 3 Euros, in the automatic machines in the adjacent campground. No dryers are available.

How to Get from Naples or Rome to Pompeii

All costs associated with getting to the motel will be covered by Team Members; so do have some available Euros.

From the Naples airport to Pompeii

Pompeii RR StationA taxi from the Naples airport directly to the hotel costs about 60-80 Euros. There is also a bus once a day for about 10-15 Euros.

From the Naples Train Station to Pompeii

You can also take the subway from the airport to the Naples train station (Stazione Centrale in Piazza Garibaldi), and get the Circumvesuviana line which is on the lower level of the train station, and costs 3 Euros to Pompei, but these costs may be a bit out-of-date.

Be sure to take the Sorrento train, which stops at the Pompeii Villa dei Misteri train station. Go out of the train station, turn left, and walk up the hill. The Motel Villa dei Misteri is 5 to10 minutes away, past the camping ground, on the left side of the road which is narrow and and now has one way traffic.

From Rome's Roma Termini (Rome's train station) to Napoli Centrali (Naples Train Station)

Take the train to Naples, a journey time 2 to 2.5 hours; a one-way ticket is 20 to 25 Euros. From Naples, take the Circumvesuviana train, as described above.

From Rome direct to Pompei by Train (check on availability as this train may no longer be in service)

From Rome you may take a train which stops at the train station in modern Pompei (this is not the Villa dei Misteri train station stop). You need to get off the train quickly. You should then take a cab to our hotel. You can walk, but the distance is about a mile, some of it up-hill.

Travel Links

  • Italian train system
  • Ferrovie dello Stato: The website for the Italian Trains (regional, Inter-City (ICE) and Eurostar). A useful tool for checking train times but be advised they often change at the station.
  • Circumvesuviana train. Rates:Information on tickets, fees, subscriptions, forms connect to the site of Unico Campania.
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