La Torre Giacchino Francesco

Gioacchino Francesco La Torre was born in Rome (4.10.1959) and lives in Agrigento. He is currently Full Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Messina since 1st November 2014.


He obtained a degree in Letters at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1983. In 1984 obtained a scholarship by the Italian Archaeological School at Athens, where studied for one year. In 1992 he obtained the diploma of Specialization in Archeology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

Working activity

He worked as an archaeologist in the Ministry of Cultural Heritage from March 1988 up to October 2001, in the Soprintendenza Archeologica dell’Abruzzo (1988-89) and then in the Soprintendenza Archeologica della Calabria (1989-2001).

The 1st November 2001 he took service in the University of Messina as Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology. Since 1st November 2014 he is full Professor.

He has taught Greek and Roman Archaeology and Archaeology of native populations of Southern Italy and Sicily.

He has been the Director of the study course “Mediterranean Archaeology” from 2011 to 2014 and then he is Director of the study course “Classical Tradition and Mediterranean Archaeology since 2014.

He has been delegate of the Rector for the Research in Human Sciences from 2013 up to 2018.

He is member of the college of teachers of the Ph.D. in Archaeology since 2001.

He has been member of many exam commissions.

He took part in and directed many excavation and survey projects in Southern Italy, Sicily and Greece since 1980.

Researches topics

  • Cultural interactions between Greeks and native populations in Great Greece and Sicily;
  • The process of Romanization in various areas of Central and Southern Italy;
  • Landscape archaeology;
  • Large excavation project in many ancient sites in Calabria and Sicily such as Blanda Julia (Tortora – CS), Temesa (Amantea e Serra Ajello – CS), Finziade (Licata – AG), Sofiana (Mazzarino – CL), Villa Romana di Patti (ME);
  • Hellenistic wall painting;
  • Large excavation and survey projects in Greece, Gortina in Crete (1986-1999) and Skotoussa in Thessaly (2014 till now).

Scientific activity

Since 1992 he took part in more than 50 National and Interational Congresses where he presented papers.

He organized the following Congresses:

  • 1998: “Nella terra degli Enotri” (Tortora, 18-19 aprile 1998);
  • 2007: “Tra l’Amato ed il Savuto. Studi e ricerche sul territorio dell’antica Temesa” (Campora San Giovanni, 15-16 settembre 2007);
  • 2009: “Linguaggi e tradizioni della pittura ellenistica in Italia e in Sicilia” (Messina, 24-25 settembre 2009);
  • 2016: “Greci, Enotri e Lucani nel Golfo di Policastro” (Tortora 25-26 giugno 2016).

He was responsible of research projects supported by the Messina University (PRA) in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006/7, 2008/9, 2017. He was the Director of the local research unit of the following Projects of National Interest (PRA) in 2002/03, 2006/7 and 2008/9. Since 2014 he is Director of the Archaeological project of Skotoussa (Thessaly-Greece) in cooperation with the Ephorate of Larissa.

He is Director of the scientific Journal “Quaderni di Archeologia” since 2011 and member of the Scientific Committee of the Journal “Sicilia Antiqua” since 2014.


He is author of 118 publications:

  • 6 as editor;
  • 6 monographies;
  • 32 articles on scientific journals;
  • 3 reviews on scientific journals;
  • 30 parts of books
  • 5 introductions;
  • 1 enciclopedia entry;
  • 29 contributions in Proceedings;
  • 1 abstract in Proceedings;
  • 3 guides;
  • 2 papers in exhibition’s catalogues.

Other titles

He obtained the onorary citizenship in the cities of Tortora (CS) and Amantea (CS) in 2001 and 2014.

Publications CNR
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