Stay in Civita

At certain levels of Membership, donors are granted the benefit of staying in private restored residences within the group of buildings maintained by the Civita Institute.

Located approximately 60 miles north of Rome, in central Italy, Civita di Bagnoregio is an ancient and astonishing hilltown set within one of Europe’s most remarkable geological landscapes. With Etruscan underpinnings, Civita's first inhabitation predates the founding of Rome. The historic citadel of Civita does not provide for automobile access, allowing this hilltown to retain an unusually intact group of buildings, spaces and ambience dating largely from medieval and renaissance times.

The Civita Institute facilities include a series of historically-significant houses/apartments that have been restored over the past 40 years by the late Professor Astra Zarina and her husband architect Tony Costa Heywood, both of whom were among the founders of NIAUSI and the Civita Institute.

Accommodations are in autonomous apartments within the Civita Institute compound: Lo Studio, Il Nuovo and Il Ruderino. Each dwelling is suitable for one person or a couple, though it may be possible to accommodate family members and friends by prior arrangement and at additional cost. Note that summers can be quite hot and the dwellings are not air-conditioned.

Members staying in Civita have access to a comprehensive library of materials related to Civita and other Italian hill towns, as well as general material on architecture and urbanism.  Members also have full access to the courtyard, garden, and terrace overlooking the extraordinary EU-protected valley surrounding the hill town.  

Civita di Bagnoregio is located on a promontory, accessible only by a pedestrian bridge which is 2 km by foot or public minibus from the town of Bagnoregio. While some services (restaurants, etc.) are available in Civita, grocery stores, post office, bank, public transportation, and other services are readily available in Bagnoregio. It should be noted that there are no handicap accessible facilities available in Civita. However, by request, we will do our best to make our facilities accessible to people with disabilities and those for whom access is a challenge.

We have prepared a brief Welcome Letter for guests and directions, available for download. Please visit the Visitor Conditions page as well for more information.

To reserve spaces in Civita and for further information about the Member Stay program and Membership, please email us and provide us your requested dates for your stay and Membership needs.

Annual Membership Levels
Legacy Donor: $5000 / 30 days residency
Major Donor: $2000 / 25 days residency
Patron: $1000 / 12 days residency
Benefactor: $500 / 5 day residency
Supporter: $250 / 2 day residency
Family Membership: $150 (immediate family only)
Basic Membership: $75
Fellowship Applicant:  $45
Student Membership: $35 

Membership Benefits
Support of an excellent educational nonprofit in the heart of old Italy to preserve its way of life, its impact on past, current, and future generations, and save this 3000 year old town

Access to the facilities in Civita di Bagnoregio including the houses, the Zarina-Heywood Library with the significant Civita Collection, the courtyard, the vegetable garden, and the terrace overlooking the incredible EU-protected valley 

Use of the research materials in the Zarina-Heywood Library

Residency at Civita Institute facilities, based on level of Membership (stays are transferrable to other Civita Institute members, must be used within three years, and one day of residency = 3:00 p.m. (1500) to noon (1200) the next day, in one residential unit with single or double occupancy, and a small additional contribution for each person over double occupancy.)

Acknowledgement in the Civita Institute Newsletter

Eligibility to apply for Civita Institute Fellowships (with no additional fee)

Opportunities for involvement in Civita Institute activities

Thank you for your support!
The Civita Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax exempt to the extent allowable by law.

We have prepared a brief welcome letter for guests and directions are posted below.  For more information, please visit the Visitor Conditions page as well.

Welcome to Civita

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