Your Studio in Italy
Residencies are available throughout the year. Residencies are for independent artists, writers, or filmmakers who are established in their careers and need uninterrupted time to work, or for those who are returning to their work after career and/or family obligations, as well as for those who are new to pursuing a career in art, writing or film. Residents may choose to apply for a one, two, three or four week stay at the Pieve International School.
Residencies at the Pieve International School provide a private room, studio space, meals and a quiet, relaxed atmosphere in which to work. The campus is nestled in the Umbrian countryside, 1 Km from the 12th century medieval hill town of Corciano and 10 Km from the larger city of Perugia. The nine acre campus consists of a XIX century noble home called Villa Pieve, the Conference Center, the Country House, a 17th century, newly renovated comfortable facility in which all residents live, and a private, centuries-old park, dotted with olive trees and vineyards. Across from the campus is the Castello di Pieve del Vescovo, a XIV century castle and fortress, which is now a national monument. This ancient building was once the summer residence of Pope Leo XIII, and was used as a summer retreat by bishops from the Catholic Church until the beginning of the twentieth century.
For info regarding Residency Programs at Pieve international School check the ACI Website.
Rooms, Meals and Studios
Residents enjoy a newly renovated room, with wifi, TV, a/c, heat, and a private bath. Bathrooms are cleaned daily, towels and sheets changed weekly. In the antique medieval tavern of Villa Pieve, traditional dishes from the Umbrian and Tuscan cuisine will be provided. Our Italian breakfast will include an array of homemade pastries, freshly baked hot bread, topped off with excellent cheeses from local farms and delicate homemade jam and honey. Beverages, including wine, accompany the meal. Residents have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing meal at the end of the day with other residents at a shared table.
Studios are assigned according to a resident's needs. An artist, for example, will have a space in the Country House designated for studio use. Easels or tables are available for the artists. Writers or filmmakers may wish to take advantage of classroom spaces, or Conference Room spaces. The staff at the Pieve International School will do their best to accommodate the individual needs of each resident.
Occasional side trips
As Umbria is an important region for history, art, religion, antiquities and culture, the Pieve International School will host at least one important weekly trip in order to help residents discover the local area. Trips will take place once a week. Side trips are optional, but are an entertaining and unique way to see some of the important areas of the surrounding countryside and the historical towns like:
Assisi, with the unique Frescoes by Giotto
Arezzo, with the renowned "Cycle of the True Cross" by Piero della Francesca
Deruta, famous for the Ceramic Tradition
Perugia, with its Etruscan and Medieval amazing architecture and Museums
Cortona in Tuscany, where "Under the Tuscan Sun" was filmed.