From its headquarters in the Palazzo Simoncelli in the oldest medieval neighborhood of the town, the Studio hosts a variety of activities- conferences and seminars, exhibitions and performances- and supports new work in the visual and performing arts. Located between Florence and Rome in the region of Umbria, the historic cliff-top town of Orvieto lies within easy reach of Assisi, Siena, Perugia, and Arezzo, and is home to one of Europe's major cathedrals.
Set atop an oval mesa of eroded volcanic tufa and commanding spectacular vistas of the surrounding Umbrian countryside, the town of Orvieto has been continuously occupied for at least two-and-a-half millennia. The composite vestiges of Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance habitation create a setting rich and strange with the layers of history. While small in size and population, Orvieto is home to one of Europe's major cathedrals, an opera-house theater, and to a rich variety of museums, shops, cafes and restaurants featuring Umbrian cuisine.
The central Italian region of Umbria presents a varied and subtle landscape of vineyards and olive groves, hills and hill-towns such as Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi and Todi. Rome, Florence, Siena, Arezzo are all readily accessible in under two hours. The homeland of ancient Etruscan civilization, Umbria is also the source of a tradition of Christian spirituality that integrates a transcendent mysticism with deep love of creation in figures such as Francis and Clare of Assisi, Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio and the poet Jacopone da Todi. Marked with the traces and treasures of medieval and Renaissance culture, Umbria is the lively stage for constant interplay between the ancient and contemporary.
CONVENTO DEI SERVI
Participants in the Studio’s activities lodge in the historic 13th century monastery of the Servite order, recently renovated from top to bottom with a dormitory of double rooms with private baths, kitchen and dining hall, library and offices, spacious art studio and classroom space.
The Studio for Art, Faith & History now has use of a large sala on the ground floor of Palazzo Simoncelli, suitable for intimate indoor musical and theatrical performances and lectures, and is welcome to use the beautiful garden-courtyard for special projects in theatre and music. A small apartment is available for special guests of the Studio.