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)

New York Times’ 100 Most Notable Books of 2019

New York Times’ 100 Most Notable Books of 2019

Many Civitellians were named part of the year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review, including... Daniel Okrent (DG 2014), for The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of...

Civitellian Grammy Nominees

Civitellian Grammy Nominees

There have been eight Civitellians nominated for the 2020 Grammys in four different categories... In Best Jazz Vocal Album (for albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal jazz recordings), Esperanza Spalding (CRF 2018) was nominated for her album, "12...

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...

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)

Civitella XXV #25: Reading & Reception at the Poets House

Civitella XXV #25: Reading & Reception at the Poets House

To close our 25th anniversary year, we’re launching an anthology of poems: I Know Now in Wonder: 25 Poems from the First 25 Years of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Jericho Brown (CRF 2015), Joanna Klink (CRF 2012, Director's Guest, 2017), Honor Moore...

Civitella XXV #24: Dialogues, Co-Presented with Composers Now

Civitella XXV #24: Dialogues, Co-Presented with Composers Now

Composers Now and Civitella Ranieri co-present Dialogues. This evening features Civitellian composers who have been awarded affiliated fellowships with Composers Now: Jane Rigler (CRF 2016), Darcy James Argue (CRF 2017), Pauchi Sasaki (CRF 2018) and Missy Mazzoli...

Civitellian Grammy Nominees

Civitellian Grammy Nominees

There have been eight Civitellians nominated for the 2020 Grammys in four different categories... In Best Jazz Vocal Album (for albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal jazz recordings), Esperanza Spalding (CRF 2018) was nominated for her album, "12...