We are happy to announce that ten of our residencies will be available to you for the months of January, February, March and April. Spaces are available to our Fellows, Director’s Guests, Alumni, and qualifying artists, writers, and composers.
All apartments have heat and cooking facilities and all have Wi-Fi. Minimum stays of one week are encouraged, but priority will be given to longer stays. Meals are not offered in this time period.
Our staff will be on hand to assist you. Paola in the office has the keys to the Civitella car, which we will make available to you at a mileage fee. If you envision consistent or daily use of the car, we strongly suggest renting a vehicle of your own. Paola can help with photocopying or mail, appointments or questions. Diego, too, is full time at the Castle as of February 1 to assist with any technical issues. Dana is back and forth from New York in this period, but both Patrizia Caini, the head of housekeeping and Maurizio, the custodian and gardener are full time.
If desired, occasional meals can be catered by Patrizia for a small fee as requested. The Castle gym (rowing machine, treadmill, stationary bicycle, weights) will be open as well as the communal Open Studio equipped with great lighting and work areas, hand tools, electric tools, some art and construction supplies. The Castle Library collection, now at 10,000 volumes including the Mark Strand library, although cold, will be available to you 24 hours a day.
Below is information about our available spaces. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your rooms now, as spaces for 2019/2020 are quickly filling up.
“When I showed up at Civitella, I was broken and exhausted from years of pushing myself. Having that luxurious stretch of time and all that beautiful space to do absolutely anything I wanted really enabled me to rekindle my dying embers.”Alison Bechdel (Fellow 2014)
“In her book “Plainwater” Anne Carson writes, “The pure lines of Umbria are a fever.” And, as I learned after my fall fellowship in 2016, it’s a fever that doesn’t leave you. For those of us lucky enough to experience the magic of being a Civitella Ranieri Fellow, we understand how place can transform into myth – that our once-had paradise vanishes at the end of six weeks into pure memory. But now, the greatest gift: the ability to come back as a winter fellow. Returning home to Civitella felt both natural and surreal. The place, dressed in a different season, offered both a sense of newness and familiarity. I spent my mornings walking around the grounds, each side of the castle a study in shadow and light. To be able to return back has been nothing short of a dream.”Kimberly Grey (Fellow 2016)