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Justice Sandra Day O'Connor joined us to kick off this Fall's La Pietra Policy Dialogues on September 13th.


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.

Jean-Joseph Chamant: The Lost Sketchbook

From the Institute of Fine Arts. This video explores the conservation work done on an 18th century sketchbook that was recently discovered at NYU's Villa La Pietra, in Florence, Italy. The conservation was performed by IFA alumna Morgan Adams under the supervision of Maria Fredericks, Drue Heinz Book Conservator, Thaw Conservation Center at the Morgan Library & Museum. VIDEO

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Upcoming Events

Harold Acton in China, 1932-1939
La Pietra and NYU Celebrating 20 Years: Sir Harold’s Vision Realized
Mark Roberts, Historian
Date: Monday, 8 September
Time: 5.30 PM
Locations: Villa La Pietra

The European Union: Institutions and Decision-Making Processes
La Pietra Dialogues - What is the EU? - Why does it matter?
Prof. Nicolò Conti, Unitelema Sapienza University of Rome and New York University Florence
Date: Wednesday, 10 September
Time: 6:00PM
Location: Villa Sassetti

The Wet Cleaning of a Tapestry
Museum Meetings – talk and lunch
Prof. Francesca Baldry and Textile Conservators
Date: Tuesday, 16 September
Time: 12:00PM
Location: Villa La Pietra (Open to NYU Students only)