The M.A. Cultural Heritage Students took their first fieldtrip of the semester to the historic Umbrian hilltop town of Amelia on Monday September 16, 2019. The visit was part of their core course ‘Contemporary Issues in Cultural Heritage’, with Amelia being the focus of this year’s student community project and year-end exhibition. The walking tour began just outside the Porta Romana main access gateway at the megalithic ancient wall surrounding the town. Local resident and expert guide, Stefano Passagrilli, led the group on a tour through the fascinating narrow streets and alleyways that included a number of stops, starting with the Archaeological Museum “Edilberto Rosa”, home to large collection of archaeological finds in and around Amelia, and the notable bronze statue of Germanicus. The group went on to visit the small-scale opera theater built in 1782 and later used as a model for the Fenice Theater in Venice, and a walk down into and through the ten reservoir chambers of the ingenious Roman cisterns from the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. Following lunch enjoyed ‘al fresco’ with a spectacular panoramic view, the group was given a private tour of the historical 16th century residence Palazzo Farrattini and the fascinating Roman ruins in the basement by owner Ettore Farrattini. The day concluded back at the museum for a roundtable/Q & A session with the museum director joined by town leaders, cultural association directors, local businessmen and residents, during which students discussed their initial ideas and plans for the community project.