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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Arezzo Field Trip


We continued on the trail of Piero Della Francesca visiting the
Cappella Bucci's Story of the True Cross in the church of San Francesco
as well as the fresco fragment of Mary Magdalena in Arezzo's Duomo.
Composers Shara Nova (CRF 2017) and Darcy James Argue (CRF 2017) pose
in front of a statue of Guido Monaco, the inventor of modern musical notation.
Fellows enjoying gelato! 



Monday, May 22, 2017

Assisi Field Trip

On Friday, May 19th, we ventured away from the castle to visit the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Sanctuary of Madonna dei Bagni, with a lunch break in between.
The group of Civitellians (minus our photographer Ilaria),
 eager to see the frescoes in the upper and lower basilicas.
Waiting for lunch at La Stalla, a restaurant above Assisi on Monte Subasio.



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Nicholas Delbanco Presentation

On May 17, American writer Nicholas Delbanco (DG2017) read an extract from his upcoming book "It Is Enough".







Thursday, May 11, 2017

Group One Short Presentations

On Tuesday evening, our Civitellians, many Friends of Civitella, and others gathered in the castle for an introduction to the work of this new group of Fellows. 

Welcoming the 2017 season with an aperitivo in the coutyard 
Visual Artist Gabrielle Le Bayon (CRF 2017)  
 The Fellows and Director's Guest listening to writer
Roberto Ampuero's (CRF 2017) presentation. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

A Passage to Umbria: Foreigners at Home in Umbertide

On Friday, April 28, Civitella Ranieri hosted a screening of House Hunters International Season 94 Episode 1: “A California Couple Leaves Careers for Life in Umbria, Italy.” Over 70 people turned out for the event. The evening consisted of a welcome from Marco Locchi, Mayor of Umbertide followed by an overview of the Grand Tour and Italy as a Lure for Foreigners by the Civitella Ranieri Executive Director, Dana Prescott. Diego Mencaroni, Civitella Ranieri Program Coordinator, presented A Brief Social History of Umbria (from After the War to the Economic Boom). We held a panel discussion: Making a Home in Umbria with Susan Pohl, Cleo Polveroni, and Joseph Roveto.
Finally, we screened the House Hunters International episode in which the couple comes to Umbria.

Marco Locchi, Mayor of Umbertide

Diego Mencaroni, Civitella Ranieri Program Coordinator


Susan Pohl

Cleo Polveroni

Joseph Roveto



Joseph Roveto (far left) with Civitella Ranieri Executive Director Dana Prescott (far right) 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lee Hall

We are heartbroken to share that Lee Hall (DG, 2010 and 2015) passed away on Monday, April 17.
Lee was a painter, writer, and educator.
Her passion and dedication to her work and her life were felt by all who were fortunate to know her.
Lee was a long-time supporter of Civitella Ranieri, and we are grateful to have had her in our lives.
You can read her obituary here.

Lee Hall at Civitella in 2015

Lee in her studio

Civitella Ranieri Executive Director, Dana Prescott, and Lee 

Lee and Skowman Hastanan (CRF 2010)


Saturday, April 15, 2017

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 kate@civitella.org 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 Kate stating what items you wish to purchase.


Scarf with Ranieri family tree    $120 (will be available to ship in May)
Bottle opener   $15

Mug   $20

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



Civitella cookbook   $20


Busatti apron   $20

Monday, April 10, 2017

Furnishing the tinaia




Maurizio and Ennio move furniture into the new apartments of the recently restored tinaia. Group 1 residents at Civitella will be the first to occupy these beautiful new spaces.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Announcing Interns for 2017 Season

Civitella is pleased to welcome Hope Campbell Gustafson and Molly Lapointe as our 2017 Interns. Interns at Civitella 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 Castle, working with both Executive Director, Dana Prescott and Program Coordinator, Diego Mencaroni on a variety of special projects built around individual interests, experience, goals, and skills.


Hope Campbell Gustafson
Hope Campbell Gustafson comes from Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a candidate for her master's degree at the University of Iowa in literary translation (Italian/English). 
From Hope: "I cannot imagine a better way to spend the summer, in the midst of my MFA, than being back at the castle. I look forward to many connections, and re-connections, with the wide variety of people, art, and ideas that come together each year at Civitella."


Molly Lapointe

From Molly: I am completely enamored with learning about languages and cultures which has led to having studied French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, and Chinese throughout my life, and ultimately to my French major at Mount Holyoke College. Being at Civitella with such an interesting and diverse group of people from around the globe will be a dream come true. As an American of Italian heritage, Italy is also very special to me on a personal level. I hope to be able to assist the fellows in this place which means so much to me, and to be able to contribute to the community atmosphere. I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What is winter like at Civitella?


A decade since spending six richly rewarding weeks here, incredible how quickly, and with what ease, one can fall into the deepest states of creative contemplation; under the golden hue of what I (and doubtless countless other great artists, composers and writers) think of as MY castle. 
-Kanishka Raja (CRF 2006)
Kanishka and Juli Raja at the Castle