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. 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 suurrounding 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.

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.

View details of our available accommodations:.

Lo Studio

Il Nuovo

Il Ruderino


Welcome to Civita Letter

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

Welcome to Civita (860 kb)


Directions from Orvieto to Civita