Each Fellow receives a private room and bathroom and has access to a study or studio twenty-four hours a day.
“On my first morning there, I woke up marveling at how huge my room was. I was in Granaio. I actually paced off the room and timed with my smart phone how many minutes and seconds it took to walk the length of it; then I wrote a poem about this being the largest room I had ever slept in (if you don’t count sleeping under the stars). A lot of my poems have an indoor setting, so that was a good way to start writing. I must say I’ve been unusually lucky in my life, but the peace and beauty of Civitella lifted me to new heights of gratitude.“Billy Collins (DG 2015)
Studies are often connected to the sleeping quarters. Because most of the studios are housed within the castle, the typical ‘white box’ studio space does not exist, but is replaced with wonderfully odd and peculiar spaces based on the medieval structure of the castle itself. Each study has corkboard for pinning up work and most have sinks. Composers have studios with pianos or keyboards, synthesizers, and recording and listening equipment.
“Civitella is a fantastic place for any artist to go and live. I had spent six weeks, and I enjoyed all my seconds of being there and breathing in the castle. Civitella has a great combination of history, beauty, art and the most important one, love. I think every detail in the residency has been planned and prepared very smart and carefully. All the staff of the Civitella is nice, caring and full of love….”Shahpour Pouyan (Fellow 2016)