Italy is the country with the most UNESCO World Heritage sites (58), amongst which we also find Pompei and Herculaneum, as well as the archaeological area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia and of Agrigento. But we don’t only house incredible archeological sites. We fund, sponsor and promote the study of archeology, but the use of innovative techniques with a keen eye also for sustainability.

Italy is notable for some of the first international archaeological missions (such as those in Morocco at the end of the 19th century) and we currently have reached the 246 active missions in 66 countries today: a system that engages several thousand Italian and foreign researchers and scholars and which makes use of scientific collaborations between our primary research institutions and those of the countries in which we operate.


An initiative aimed at reducing the environmental impact of Italian archaeological missions abroad by offsetting the CO2 produced by associated travel. From 2020 the directors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Italian archaeological, anthropological and ethnological missions abroad can include in their expense reporting the costs from joining reforestation and afforestation projects or ecosystem services to offset the CO2 produced on the journeys associated with their project.

This is an initiative that falls within the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations Agenda 2030 and aims to promote the responsible use of public transport as well as any other measures to reduce the environmental impact of the work of archaeologists and to raise awareness of these issues among local communities.


Join us for a night of Roman Archeology and Culture, with Professor Laura Motta from University of Michigan, and find out more on her investigation of social complexity in early cities through food redistribution patterns, agricultural practices and landscape modifications.

Winner of a prestigious Excellence of Science 3.7m euro grant for her research, and director of Environmental Archaeology for the Gabii Project, we thought we would hear more about the romans whilst Chef Mimmo Casagrande Bei recreates a traditional roman feast. Try over a dozen different dishes and learn about this fascinating history – togas optional!

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