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The course site: Orvieto, Italy

For the last 14 years, the GMH program’s on-site training took place at the Villa Paolina in Porano, Italy, a beautiful Umbrian town near the Etruscan city of Orvieto. Transportation to the site was provided.

This year we may change to a beautiful conference space in Orvieto near the famous Duomo di Orvieto. A venue change, if it occurs, will have no impact on cost or any of the scientific quality and schedule of the training.


About Orvieto

Orvieto’s origins go back to the Etruscan civilization. In fact, the first Etruscan settlements, going back to the 9thCentury B.C., were found inside the tufaceous caves in the bedrock upon which the city is built today.

Annexed in the 3rd century B.C. to the territories of Rome, it remained under the Roman domination until the decline of the Western Roman Empire. Afterwards it became a free municipality, and during the struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, was a valiant opponent of Barbarossa, remaining faithful to the Pope. Riding on the support of the Papal State, it was allowed to prosper through the entire Medieval Period, reaching the top of its development in the 13th Century with the constitution of the General Council of the 400 and the election of the Captain of the People.

It was during this period that one saw the fervent work of erecting palaces and holy buildings among which the very famous Cathedral stands out, dating back to 1263. It is undoubtedly the most important architectural landmark of the city, with its splendid Gothic facade and the richness of the ornaments and internal chapels. In the ancient town we also find the St.Patrizio well, built in 1527, based on a plan of Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane, the Palace of the Seven from 1300, the Palace of People Captain (12th century) inside which housed the meetings of the People’s Council, Saint Andrew’s Church (12th century), Saint Domenic’s Church (12th century), Saint Giovenale’s Church (11th century), and Soliano Palace (1262) within which are two museums: the Museum of the Opera del Duomo and the Museum of Modern Art.

Travel and Lodging

Participants stay in Orvieto. HPRT facilitates booking of accommodations with subsidized rates. Participants can share double or triple rooms (roommate arrangements are made by HPRT staff).

A breakdown of expenses, other than the tuition fee, is as follows (all amounts are approximate in €)

The airport to fly to is Rome Fiumicino (IATA airport code: FCO). Flight cost depends on city of origin. From the airport, Orvieto can be reached by taking two trains, one from FCO airport to Rome (usually the main train station, Roma Termini) and one from Rome to Orvieto.

The cost for train travel and lodging/meals in Italy is approximately as follows:

Train travel Rome Airport-Orvieto (RT € 45-63, depending on train type and class) Schedules available here

Subsidized hotel room for 14 days (at € 30-60 per night, depending on room type and hotel): € 420-840

In 2019, the subsidized rooms were €30-60 for a single/double used as single, €25-35 per person for a shared double and €20-35 per person for a shared triple per night. Breakfast is included.

Meals (3 weekend lunches at € 10/15, 13 dinners at € 15/20): € 200-500

Cost of meals can vary greatly by participants’ preferences.

The tuition fee includes lunch and coffee breaks each day the course is in session as well as transportation from Orvieto to Porano if course site remains at the Villa Paolina.