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On September 26, Tuscan-American Association honored Director Ellyn M. Toscano with an Award for her contributions between institutions and the community through La Pietra Dialogues and The Season, at the Students's Welcome Day, at Palazzo Vecchio.


Villa La Pietra is the outstanding historical villa and home of the New York University Florence program. Bequeathed to NYU in 1994 by Sir Harold Acton, the Florentine study abroad campus consists of 5 historic villas and 57 acres of gardens and olive groves. Villa La Pietra, the Acton Collection, and the Garden are maintained as they were by the Acton family and serve as an inspiration to all who live and study on the campus.

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Villa La Pietra in the Twenties: Fashion and Lifestyle, March 31 - May 15

A chance encounter with the Twenties lifestyle is offered through a special temporary display at Villa La Pietra. The visitor will be introduced to Hortense Mitchell Acton through thematic installations which include recently treated Callot Soeurs dresses, Perugia shoes, books, postcards, textiles, fans, and other personal objects collected in the villa. For further information and to book a guided tour, please contact or call 055 5007 210. The cost of the tour is Euro 20,00 per person, payable at the time of the tour. PDF

La Pietra and NYU Celebrating 20 Years: Sir Harold's Vision Realized

In this 20th anniversary year we honor this vision with a series of talks, exhibitions and performances. Events-in-Planning 2014/2015

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Upcoming Events

The Meanings and Margins of Satire 
La Pietra Dialogues - Culture
Reading Images: A Conversation witih Sergio Staino and Marco Solinas, moderated by Prof.s Davide Lombardo and Suzanne Menghraj, NYU Florence
Date: Monday, April 28
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Villa Sassetti (Open to the NYU Community only)

A Dialogue on Documentary Photography 
Graduate Studies Seminar
With Michela Palermo, Freelance Photographer and Prof. David Forgacs, Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair in Contemporary italian Studies, NYU
Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Villa La Pietra

Art Talk by Lyle Ashton Harris 
La Pietra Dialogues - Culture
Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Villa Sassetti (Open to the NYU Community only)

Art and Feminisn 
La Pietra Dialogues - Women
Panel discussion on Feminism, Craft, and Intellectual Discourse, with Lise Haller Baggesen, Writer and Painter, Sarah Beth Woods, Fiber Artist, Fatima Traore, Hair Braiding, Sohella Sima Azadi, Filmmaker, Jessica Caponigro, Print Maker and Chiara Galimberti, Installation Artist
Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Villa Sassetti