FIO ITALIA’s facilities are historic, unique and beautiful; they promise an experience of a lifetime with a complete immersion in the Italian culture and many lasting memories.
The first 30 applicants who are accepted will live in the Barco Ducale for the entire duration of the program. The other participants will live in amazing housing facilities in the surrounding area, close to the Barco Ducale, our headquarters.
Below you will find more information.
Il Barco Ducale
Originally the Duke of Urbino’s hunting park, Il Barco Ducale (1465) was entirely rebuilt and repurposed in 1771. During FIO ITALIA, Il Barco Ducale will house all of FIO's activities and will also house 30 young artists during the four-week period of the festival. Throughout the year, other activities at Barco include the renowned Ceramics and Crafts Laboratories of the Civic Museum, in collaboration with the Associazione Amici della Ceramica.
“Urbania's theatre, with three tiers of boxes and gallery, is one of the jewels of the Marche. It was built on the base of an old 14th-century fortress. In 1855, thanks to the Theatre Academy, set up by well-to-do citizens, it was redesigned by architect Ercole Salmi.” Teatro Bramante is acoustically perfect for the voice making it an amazing space for young singers. The theater is surrounded by beautiful downtown Urbania, coffee shops, restaurants and historic sites such as the Palazzo Ducale.
Housing outside of Barco Ducale is available for singers and faculty. There is a variety of settings that will be assigned at a first come first serve basis. The photos on display serve as an example of some of the housing options.