An extended version of this video can be found on the Mission & History page of this website as well as on our Youtube Channel.

Civitella is a residency program for international writers, composers, and visual artists. Since 1995, Civitella has hosted more than 800 Fellows and Director’s Guests. The Center enables its Fellows to pursue their work and to exchange ideas in a unique and inspiring setting.

“Every once in a while, if you are lucky, you get to experience a place so beautiful that you get an overwhelming sense that the creativity of the universe, of nature, is more splendid than anything anyone could have imagined. This is home. A place in time, remembered with those with whom you shared it. Such is, and will be, Civitella, my Civitella.”

Ken Ueno (Fellow 2013)

Call for 2020 Interns

Call for 2020 Interns

Civitella is seeking interns for the 2020 residency season. Interns are a treasured and integral part of our community and daily life. They provide assistance with library functions, the meal program, excursions, presentations, and exhibitions at the Center. Our...

Civitellian Ocean Vuong Named MacArthur Grant-winner

Civitellian Ocean Vuong Named MacArthur Grant-winner

This year’s MacArthur fellows include artists, writers, scientists, urban designers, community activists and others who have demonstrated “extraordinary originality.” The poet and fiction writer Ocean Vuong (CRF 2016), 30, is one of 26 people chosen as 2019 fellows of...

The 2019 National Book Awards Longlist

The 2019 National Book Awards Longlist

This week, The New Yorker will be announcing the longlists for the 2019 National Book Awards. Below are Civitellians longlisted in the Nonfiction and Poetry categories... Nonfiction: Carolyn Forché (CRF 2012), “What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and...

Artists require unfettered time and space to engage in their work and the world. Building on the legacy of our founder, Civitella Ranieri Foundation opens the doors of its 15th century Castle in rural Umbria annually for four six-week residency sessions of self-directed studio and work time.

“Civitella Ranieri is an exquisite place to work. There is a grand feeling here of care-taking that is rare and stupendous and lucky. My weeks there were some of the most productive of my life. And also, some of the most pleasurable…”

Rachel Kushner (Fellow 2016)

Join us for Winter Session

Learn more about Winter Session and the opportunity for you to stay in the Castle each November through April.

25th Anniversary Celebration

It has been 25 years since Civitella Ranieri was established. We invite you to celebrate this milestone by joining us at any of our 25 worldwide events in 2019.

Letter From the Director

Message of welcome from Dana Prescott, Executive Director of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.

Each session at Civitella brings together accomplished international artists, writers, and composers at emerging and established moments in their careers. 

“There is no place that takes such good care of its Guests and Fellows as Civitella Ranieri does; no place that offers so much and demands so little in return. There is no place that I know of where such a profound relief from the cares and distractions of daily life are possible and where work, even one’s best work, can be done, with pleasure and without interruption.”

Mark Strand (Director's Guest)

Emerging talent, mid-career Fellows, and senior, established professionals are all sought to round out the community of any given group. Below is a representative sampling of past Fellows.

Civitella Ranieri Fellowships are awarded through a careful nomination and jury process by a rotating group of distinguished artists, academics, and critics that ensures access to a highly diverse group of emerging and accomplished candidates from around the world.

“At Civitella I worked hard, laughed hard, and was consistently amazed- by the beauty of the landscape in which we lived, the food we ate, and the art we visited, by the talent and intelligence of my fellow residents, and the effort and care that the Civitella staff exerted to feed me, teach me, and think of everything I might need so I could think only of my work.”

Sara Nović (Fellow 2016)

Located just outside the small city of Umbertide, the Ranieri castle is one of the best-preserved castles in Umbria.

“Civitella is geographically rich, and this asset cannot be overemphasized. The regular forays into the Renaissance landscape are stimulating, of course, but also soothing… to seamlessly blend work and play.”

Ward Shelley (Fellow 2010)

Wojtek Blecharz and Marc Wiegand Presentations

Wojtek Blecharz and Marc Wiegand Presentations

Join us Thursday, October 24th at the Castle for presentations by current Fellows, Wojtek Blecharz and Marc Wiegand. Wojtek Blecharz, Fellow, (Music, Poland)Born in Gdynia, Poland, Wojtek Blecharz graduated with honors from Frederic Chopin Music Academy in...

XXV #21: Jarrett Earnest Presentation

XXV #21: Jarrett Earnest Presentation

Jarrett Earnest (Director’s Guest, 2019), will read an unpublished essay, "Of Mere Being," from a forthcoming book on contemporary artists.Jarrett is a writer living in New York City. His book What it Means to Write about Art, a collection of thirty...

Announcing Civitella’s *Spring* Winter Session Tours

Announcing Civitella’s *Spring* Winter Session Tours

After the summer Fellowship season is over, Civitella opens the Castle gates to participants in our “Winter Session” tour programs. This spring, we proudly present three tours for your choosing. A taste of Umbria with Sasha Marx (March 17-26, 2020): This 10-day visit...