Centro Studi e Formazione Villa Montesca is a non profit organisation, founded in February 2001, closely linked to the dynamics of a single European space for professional training, education, cultural and local development.
It organises and develops training programmes and projects, and experiments new learning paths for studying and monitoring individual competences. It is a high level training organisation for post-graduate and post-diploma courses and for permanent education for adults based on the Lifelong Learning method. The Centre team works with national and foreign researchers and operators in developing specific methods and tools in the field of education.
It is located in Città di Castello - a border town between Umbria and Tuscany. It’s a city in the Province of Perugia, in the northern part of the Umbria region of Italy. It is situated on a slope of the Apennines, on the flood plain of the river Tiber. Founded by the Umbrians, ancient Tiferno, during the 1st century A.D., Tifernum Tiberinum acquired Roman citizenship and was part of the region of Umbria which, in the administrative division imposed by Augustus in the late 1st century B.C., coincided with Italy’s region VI, bounded to the west by the Tiber and to the east by the Adriatic. In the early 12th century it became a free Commune, but in the next two centuries it was subjugated several times by the Pope or by cities such as Florence, Perugia and Arezzo. In 1422 Braccio da Montone conquered the town and inaugurated the period of lordships, the most important of which was exercised between the 15th and the 16th century by the Vitelli family.
Villa Montesca, headquarters of Centro Studi e Formazione
Since the last post-war period, Città di Castello has undergone heavy industrialisation, especially in the engineering, printing and wooden furniture sectors. Tobacco growing also plays a substantial part in the local economy.
View of the frescos in Villa Montesca and View from Piazza Gabriotti, Città di Castello