Civitella Ranieri

Civitella Ranieri
  Fellows' Forum

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Call for Interns for the 2019 Season

From left: CRF Intern 2012, Catia Agnolucci; Program Coordinator and CRF Intern 2017, Molly Lapointe; Program Assistant and CRF Intern 2015, Ilaria Locchi; CRF Intern 2016, Elinor Kirchwey

Civitella is seeking interns for the 2019 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 interns work with both the Executive Director and the Fellows’ Coordinator on a variety of special projects built around individual interests, experience, goals, and skills. The Civitella internship is a true formative experience that stresses public speaking, teamwork, problem solving, and program planning. Our annual competition for interns begins with an announcement each fall. The deadline for applications is December 31st each year.

Roles and Responsibilities
Interns provide general assistance to the Executive Director, Fellows’ Coordinator, the Office Manager, the kitchen, and the Fellows. They prepare equipment and welcome packets for Fellows' arrivals; provide transportation for Fellows and Guests to and from local train stations, airports, and bus stations; distribute orientation information and give tours of the facilities. They assist Fellows in their work as requested, run errands, greet guests, provide general assistance in the office and in the on-site gallery. They prepare for events, including technical assistance, and set up the refreshment table. They set and clear tables. They catalogue new books and DVD's for the library, re-shelving after use. They catalogue and organize the Foundation's ever growing art collection. They plan, research, and present historical and cultural information for at least one excursion. They research and introduce speakers and present Fellows to the Friends of Civitella.

We seek two interns annually. The first works from the end of April to the end of July and the seconf from the beginning of August to the end of October. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are available for the first or second dates.

Skills and Requirements
Working knowledge of English and Italian is necessary as is a valid driver's license. Interns must be able to drive a large standard stick shift vehicle. We prefer interns with advanced computer skills, additional languages, and some experience in the arts, in study or work abroad. We are most interested in those who are self-motivated, independent, work well in a group/team environment, have the flexibility to deal with an unpredictable set of tasks varying day to day, and are able to deal with an intensely motivated community in an idyllic but somewhat isolated place of work. An ideal intern maintains a positive, willing, and helpful attitude and should be open and diplomatic in interactions with people of diverse backgrounds and ages.

We offer the selected candidates round trip airfare and transportation (from place of residence to Civitella), lodging and meals for the period of the internship and a stipend for incidental expenses of $175 per week.

How to Apply
Applications must include a letter of intent and an up-to-date CV. Please list two references with their relationship to you and full contact information (phone, email). Your letter of intent should explain why the internship would be meaningful to you, how you might best contribute to the Civitella community, and what past experiences have prepared you for the work described above. All applications must be sent via email by December 31 to We review applications in January and conduct Skype interviews in February. Notification is sent to all candidates in March.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Guest in the castle

As we prepare to open for the season, an unregistered winter guest in the castle was discovered by gardener, Ennio Santini.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

New Merchandise

We are happy to share our new merchandise with branding by the Doyle Partners.

You can purchase any of the items below through our Donate page. At the bottom of that page, click the green "Donate" button which will take you to our PayPal payment processing page. Enter the total amount for the item(s) you wish to purchase, and email to let her know which items you've paid for. 

Alternately, you can send a check to our New York office, along with an email to Hillary stating what items you wish to purchase.

Scarf with Ranieri family tree $100
 100% silk, made in Como, Italy

Tote-bag $20

Notebook small $5
Large $10

Bottle opener $15

Mug $20

 Busatti apron $20

Cookbook $20

Umbrella with wooden handle $45
($55 with shipping)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Excursion to Gubbio

Civitellians visited the medieval town of Gubbio for the final cultural excursion of the season last Tuesday, 24 October. Gubbio, inaccessibile by railway, is known for its connection to St. Francis, a beautiful centro storico, and its open air cable car that brings visitors to the central Basilica. In May the town celebrates Saint Ubaldo Day with the Corsa dei Ceri, in which three teams race to the mountaintop Basilica carrying statues of the town's 3 patron saints, each mounted on an enormous wooden base.

The Fellows stopped to hear the story of St. Francis and the Wolf
upon arriving in town. 
Group 4 Fellow Md. Abdul Momen takes a photo
 at the bottom of the cable car.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Bridge Book Award at Civitella Ranieri

This year's winners of the Bridge Book Award read from their work and fielded questions from the public in the castle library last Wednesday, 25 October. Representatives of the American Embassy in Rome were in attendance for the event.

Georgetown Professor Anna Harwell Celenza, winner of the Non-Fiction section,
read from the prologue of her book Jazz Italian Style: From its Origins
in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra.
Jennifer Haigh, winner of the Fiction section, read from
her book Heat & Light.

The two authors answered questions from the audience after the readings.

Kate Tempest in Città di Castello

Current Fellow Kate Tempest was invited to Città di Castello last Saturday evening (28 October) for a panel discussion with Italian translator Ricardo Duranti, who translated her book-length poem Let Them Eat Chaos. Kate ended the evening by performing the poem live for the final time.

Originally scheduled to be held at Libreria Paci La Tifernate, the event was ultimately moved to the Teatro degli Illuminati due to space considerations. More than 150 people were in attendance.

Kate Tempest and translator Ricardo Duranti sit together
on stage to discuss her book.
Kate Tempest (Fellow 2017, DG 2015) performs Let Them Eat Chaos 
live for the final time. Photo credit: Serena Facchin/CaLibro Festival.

Kate Tempest on stage. Photo credit: Serena Facchin/CaLibro Festival.

Henrietta Rose-Innes & Judith Baulmer Presentations

Current Fellow Henrietta Rose-Innes and visiting guest Judith Baumel read their work in the castle library last Thursday, 26 October. The evening marked Civitella Ranieri's final public event of the 2017 season.

Judith Baumel read from her book of poetry. 
Henrietta Rose-Innes (Writing, South Africa) introduced her reading by
first speaking about borders in the context of Cape Town.

Group 4 Final Lunch

Last Friday, 27 October marked the Final Lunch for the final group of the season! As per tradition, the entire staff came to join in the festivities. Fellows received their program graduation certificates and shared a few final words with the group. The afternoon ended with Executive Director Dana Prescott's infamous Yankee Swap gift exchange.

The staff set a beautiful formal table for the event, complete with
custom painted nameplates.
Already departed Fellow Christian Mason (Music, UK)
joined the group via video message. 
Md. Abdul Momen (Milton) won the #1 pick in the Yankee Swap.
Program Coordinator Diego Mencaroni was feeling the
Christmas spirit already after opening his chosen gift.

Tiber River Hike

Civitellians went for a morning hike in the countryside near Perugia last Thursday, 26 October. We first found the Tiber, then followed the riverside to a nearby bakery to stop for breakfast.

Painter Augustine Boyce Cummings stops to admire the view.

Program Coordinator Diego Mencaroni explains the local lore
 attached to a shrine adjacent the trail.

Group photo by the riverside!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Birthdays at Civitella

How seriously do we take birthdays at Civitella? Here is Carl D'Alvia (DG 2009,2017) celebrating 52 years with two splendid cakes.

Surprise! The kitchen prepared a custom birthday cake and
two bottles of prosecco for the occasion.
Carl inspecting Chef Romana's craftsmanship.