ICA hosts workshops and seminars led by professional artists, academics, writers, musicians, and chefs. We provide accommodations, meals, studio or other workspace, and transportation as well as assistance in developing an itinerary that fulfills the objectives of your group. Our goal is to make bringing a group with shared interests to Italy easy and trouble-free!
Atelier programs typically run from one to three-weeks, but we can accommodate whatever duration that suits the needs of the group. We welcome artists, writers, humanities scholars and professionals in the culinary arts to sponsor groups of like minded individuals looking to experience Italy and expand horizons within their fields.
Accommodations are primarily in our main building, called Asilo (meaning “refuge”). It accommodates our cooking and dining facilities, library, dining terrace, and mostly private rooms for up to 18 people. Additionally, we have overflow spaces around the village accommodating larger groups of guests. In this building, we have professional kitchen facilities for cooking classes in addition to a fine wine-cellar for tastings and selections that accompany meals. In the lower level of Asilo, we have an excellent art supply store as well as our ceramics/sculpture facility. Next door, in a 14th c. palazzo called “Persianni,” we have our printmaking facility, gallery, and private/semi-private studio spaces for about 20 artists. Both our studios and ceramics facility are spacious and have good light and ventilation. We also have practice spaces for musicians and singers as well as private work spaces for writers and scholars.
Group leaders are housed in private apartments around the village - all under five minutes walking from Asilo and Persianni,. We offer these to participants as well, for an additional fee. Essentially, because of the walled structure of the village, the whole town effectively serves as our campus and we utilize public spaces throughout for various activities such as landscape painting, installation and performance, critiques and for general meeting spaces. We also have access to the beautiful Teatro Concordia for artists lectures and musical events.
Our services are all-inclusive, and we serve three, gourmet meals per day with excellent local wines at lunch and dinner. Our chef, Katia Costanzi, provides a diverse range of traditional fare made from local produce, meats, fresh fish, and wild game. The woods that surround Monte Castello are rich in mushrooms and truffles and the fresh fruit and local olive oils are outstanding.
for program leaders
With a minimum of six paying participants enrolled in the program, we include the above amenities at no cost, providing spacious and comfortable apartments, most with breathtaking views of the mountains and the Tiber valley. The studios we provide for leaders are likewise spacious, quiet, well-lit and ventilated. Our facilities are completely family friendly and for faculty traveling with children it is really an ideal place. Spouses and partners traveling with group leaders too, find plenty to occupy them in Monte Castello, with studio space available to those that are artists, as well as cooking classes, wine tours, dance and yoga classes, and a host of other activities.
Work typically range from one to three weeks, and the duration of your session would be up to the needs of the group. In terms of timing of your session, we typically have space available for Atelier workshops from April until December.
Ongoing 24/7 bilingual site support
3 meals per day
Housing on-site or nearby apartments
Art workshops and other educational courses
Optional ballroom dance and cooking classes
Space for workshops and exhibitions
Office/studio space if required
Special site admission
Access to special events in region
1 excursion per week
Travel Insurance with Emergency Evacuation coverage (required)
Meals on Excursions unless identified
Art supplies for classes
Snacks and beverages at stopovers in transit
How to get started
Build your trip from one of our sample itineraries, created from our years of programming experience, or work with us to develop your own retreat from the ground up. The first step is to contact us with the type of retreat you’d like to take and we’ll work from there!
The possibilities are endless
Since our inception and years of experience in building tours and workshops in Monte Castello and throughout Italy, we have put together some of the most unique and inspiring programs offered in the region. So whether it’s a tourist destination, artistic wonder or hidden local treasure that you’re after during your stay—we can accommodate your requests and have plenty of suggestions to offer.
Take a look at some of our popular destinations listed here or courses we have offered in the past, in addition to the sample itinerary below.
- Truffle Hunting
- Air balloon trip
- Guided museum tours
- Behind the scenes excursions
- Clay workshops
- Culinary courses
- Wine tasting
- Sommelier course
- Italian line dancing
- Ballroom dancing
- Landscape painting