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 1,000 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)

Made In Italy Lab – An Article about Civitella

Made In Italy Lab – An Article about Civitella

This Made in Italy Lab article, entitled, "Civitella Ranieri: When a Medieval Fortress Becomes An Artist Residency," consisting of an interview with our Residency Director Diego Mencaroni, uncovers "the ancient Umbrian castle, today acting as an inspiring muse and...

2020 Booker Prize Longlist

2020 Booker Prize Longlist

The longlist, or ‘The Booker Dozen’, for The 2020 Booker Prize was announced last Tuesday 28 July 2020. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges, chosen from 162 novels published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2019 and 30...

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.

Letter From the Director

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


We invite you to celebrate our Fellows by joining us at any of our events in 2020.

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)

2020 Session

2020 Session

Dear Civitellians,  Though our Fellowship sessions have been cancelled for 2020, the quiet and the solitude of the Castle and grounds continue to make an ideal environment for artists, writers, composers, our alumni and their colleagues. View an interview with Isa...

2020 Season Update

2020 Season Update

Dear Civitellians, Friends,  The Board of Directors of Civitella Ranieri regretfully announces that the balance of the 2020 season will be closed. As an international residency program, we are concerned about the global status of COVID-19. With so...

NYFA Emergency Relief Grant Program

NYFA Emergency Relief Grant Program

The Willem de Kooning Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Teiger Foundation, and The Cy Twombly Foundation, as part of their respective COVID-19 relief efforts, have established an emergency relief grant program that will provide $1,250,000 in...