La Macina di San Cresci

General information

Brief description of organisation

La Macina di San Cresci is a place for creation, presentation and documentation of contemporary art in all its forms. Based in a Tuscan hill town, Greve in Chianti is between two great cities of the Renaissance: Florence & Siena. Here the work of nature and the work of man has shaped a unique landscape. Vineyards and olive groves interspersed with farmhouses, turreted castles and fortresses and ancient hamlets: this is the typical Chianti landscape, possibly the best-known of all of Tuscany.
La Macina di San Cresci consists of a studio space, gallery and residence for artists.
Our location is truly unique in the area, an architectural complex of 10th , in which the residents find a space to pursue work , taking full advantage of the rich cultural backdrop offered by the ancient place and its surroundings and of course Italy’s rich cultural heritage. This is a magical place and the images on a website cannot truly communicate the look, feel, and spirit of this place. All artists who have been here have a great memory of their experience.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Artist residency consist of sojourning from 7 to 90 days . This period covers a program based on the personal project proposal presented by the artist .
We operate all year-round welcoming artists of all ages and nationalities. Resident artists are at various stages in their careers and work in all media; including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music ( there is a restored organ available in the church), interdisciplinary, design and architecture.
The centre offers the opportunity to work alone, or together with other creative people from other countries, developing and interchanging concise ideas on contemporary art and culture.
Our facilities are well equipped for exhibitions, open studios, lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops, video and film projection.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Grants available

We are happy to assist artists seeking grants or other forms of funding in their home country/institution, by providing letters of recommendation when the candidature is accepted.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
  • Exhibition
Application who/how

Application by Mail

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Musical Instruments
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • Excursions

How to reach

By train

The closest station is Firenze Santa Maria Novella . Behind the railway station, there is the bus station, for bus schedule please consult . Let know your arrival in Greve in Chianti and we can arrange a free pick up service.

By plane

The closest airport is the one of Florence . Let know your arrival and we can arrange a free pick up service.
We are about 90 minutes away from the airport.
You can also rent a car to come in Greve in Chianti .

By car

From Nord, highway A1 direction Rome or from Sud , highway A1 direction Bologna , the exit is Firenze Certosa , then take the road direction Greve in Chianti . Arriving at the ESSO petrol station in Greve in Chianti veer right ( following the brown sign for PIEVE DI SAN CRESCI) . At the small bridge turn right across the bridge and then immediately left up a steep hill. Proceed uphill ( via di Zano) and remain on the road which soon become unproved . You will pass the villa di ZANO on your right, continue for another approximately 800 m. and you will see the PIEVE DI SAN CRESCI.

If you have a navigator fill in the following information: Greve in Chianti, Località San Cresci 1

Nearest airport


Contact information

La Macina di San Cresci
via San Cresci 1
50022 Greve in Chianti

Phone: +39 055 8544793
Fax: +39 055 8544793

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