Accommodations at ICA are selected with both privacy and productive interaction with other participants in mind. Our main building is a restored twelfth century convent called Asilo (meaning sanctuary or refuge) where small private rooms offer spectacular views of the Tiber valley and surrounding mountains of Umbria in a building shared with our office, library, common dining room, and rooftop terrace. These simple rooms were originally designed for nuns leading a contemplative life, and as such, offer a unique perspective on village life that many find to be very conducive to artistic production. We also offer the beautiful Palazzo Bacarelli, a 15th century building in the village, with fantastic balconies surrounded by medieval gardens. For greater privacy, groups can choose accommodation in nearby mountainside country villas.
When you come to Monte Castello, we want you to experience a natural sense of everyday life in a historic Umbrian Hill Town. With this in mind, our program participants are treated as guests rather than tourists. As your hosts, we want to provide you with character-filled living spaces that allow immersion into the community and make you feel at home. Our accommodations are rustic, relaxing, comfortable spaces with a great deal of range—from shared apartments in historic stone houses, small private rooms in a renovated twelfth-century convent, rooms in a palazzo with a garden and lovely balcony, to accommodations in a luxurious villa on the outskirts of town. Many rooms have additional features such as refrigerators and all provide shared areas for informal gatherings—terraces, sitting rooms, or kitchens with fireplaces where you can find tranquility and retreat to write letters, work in your sketchbook, discuss your work with friends or simply enjoy peaceful solitude and the spectacular views.
Our rooms are not hotels, which in Italy can often seem cramped and impersonal. In our program, group meals and cozy but spacious double occupancy rooms with shared baths in real Umbrian houses are part of experience.
If you are traveling with a spouse, partner or family or a group of friends, we will make every effort to accommodate your specific housing needs as well. Our apartments provide ample space for living and working, should you be traveling with a partner who is not enrolled in the Studio School. Alternately, for those who prefer to stay in the countryside, we can offer luxurious villa accommodations with amenities such as pools, vineyards, forested hiking areas and gardens.
All residents will be provided assigned a private studio in Palazzo Persianni, a large 15th century restored palazzo with a tower that overlooks the entire Tiber Valley. Typically, we are able to accommodate individual artists’ needs in terms of the size and location of studio spaces. Through our application form, we determine your needs, taking into consideration factors such as natural or artificial light, wall or table space, or if you prefer a space with a view or one of our cooler, more atmospheric interior spaces, which themselves often become the subjects of works of art. Writers and scholars will be housed in private apartments around the village with adequate space for living and work. If additional space is required, contact us for more information.
Ours is the only facility in Italy we know of that provides three hearty—in-house—locally sourced meals per day. Enjoy the fresh produce of the traditional farms, vineyards and orchards of the “Green Heart of Italy”. Beautifully prepared Umbrian meals are served buffet-style. Eat all you like in an atmosphere in which students, faculty and staff dine together and exchange experiences in our 12th c. refectory or rooftop terrace overlooking the Tiber River Valley. No cooking or clean up, no finding an affordable restaurant and no using meal vouchers or limited menus. The only thing not Umbrian about our meals is the breakfast we serve, which, offers a full breakfast buffet.in addition to typical Umbrian continental fare.