Please note: The Residency Program is suspended until further notice.


EXEDRA Mediterranean Center wants to encourage scholars, writers and artists by offering a quiet environment, ideal for study and creativity. If you need a place to finish writing a thesis or literary work, or if you need the stimulus of the Mediterranean light for your art or photography, EXEDRA can provide study space and accommodation for periods from two weeks to three months.

What EXEDRA offers

EXEDRA Premises

EXEDRA offers the use of its library, study and classrooms and wifi access to scholars, researchers, writers and artists looking for a quiet place to retreat, for periods from two weeks to three months during the off-season. Between October and March, Ortigia is quiet, with few distractions, so it is an ideal time to focus on work in a beautiful, stimulating environment.


EXEDRA offers quality accommodation to those ‘in residence’, in a self-catering apartment in the center building, with A/C and wifi, at competitive rates. Laundry and cleaning services are available.

In return...

We want the local community to be aware of and learn from the people who come to the EXEDRA Mediterranean Center, so we ask our ‘Residents’ to give a public lecture or reading, or arrange an exhibition, to share what they are researching or creating with the community.


EXEDRA Mediterranean Center wants to encourage those with a particular interest in fields of study associated with the Mediterranean, but this is seen in the broadest possible way and is not binding.

Any request will be taken into due consideration.

  • Provide EXEDRA with a description of your proposed project
  • Reside in EXEDRA-provided housing
  • Give a public talk, reading or exhibition of the work produced

Guidance and Advice

EXEDRA offers residencies during the quiet months of the year, so there are fewer distractions and disturbances in the town and at the center.

EXEDRA has a small dedicated library with a focus on Mediterranean-associated subject-matter from archaeology to volcanology, classics to modern Sicilian literature.  We can also help scholars and researchers get access to the local town library and archives, and to the diocese-run Alagonian Library. 


Featured Writer in Residence

Salvo Canto, writer and actor-performer, is working with EXEDRA to develop the A.R.T.S. Program – Approaching Reality with Theatrical Skills – using theatrical skills to help young people and adults develop their soft-skills.

Featured Scholar in Residence

Heather has chosen Siracusa, Italy as her home-base and works closely with Exedra to promote courses and conferences which focus on Sicily in Magna Grecia, while she devotes her attention to studies in Philosophy and Ancient Athletics.

Visiting Scholar in Residence

Former student Elliott returns annually to Siracusa as student-in-residence where he finds the atmosphere of the EXEDRA Center and Siracusa helps him to concentrate on his studies in Philosophy and Ancient Greek.

Contact For Residency

We are open on Monday – Friday from 9.30am – 6.30pm, but residents will have 24-hr access to the building. 

Apply for a Residency

Resident Director

Palazzo Francica Nava

Via S. Landolina 5


Phone : +39 366 190 7984
Email :

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I stay?

The length of time of the residency will be agreed in advance with the applicant and the center, depending on the time of year and the needs of the center.

If I bring/hire a car, is there any parking nearby?

Parking in Ortigia is complicated by the Limited Traffic Zone that applies all year long, EXEDRA can help you apply for a special short-term Ortigia pass, but would recommend using public transport or hiring a bike.

Can I bring a spouse or guests during my stay?

Spouses or guests are welcome to stay on payment of a supplement per week. The apartment can sleep 2 comfortably and extra (3rd) bed can be added. Please contact us for more details.

How should I confirm my interest?

If you have applied to EXEDRA and been accepted as a Resident, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total accommodation cost. The rest should be paid on arrival.

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