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Film screening ‘Beyond these Walls’ and conversation with Elizabeth Hemmerdinger (Founder/CEO, Providence Productions), Anne De Mare (Film Director and Producer) with the Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò (Founder NYU Casa Italiana) on October 16th, 2013.


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.

Open Week

Villa La Pietra will be open to the public for free on April 12th and from April 14th to the 18th. Open Week tours include an introduction to the art collection of the Acton family and the history of the Villa. The tour continues in the formal Garden, laid out in the beginning of the twentieth century in the Renaissance Revival style. To reserve write to or call 055 5007 210.

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Upcoming Events

Stefano Bardini and the Art of the Deal: Supplying Art on a Global Scale
Acoton Miscellany
Lynn Catterson, Ph.D., Independent Scholar
Date: Thursday, April 10
Location: Villa La Pietra
Time: 6:00 PM

Display! Museo Bardini
Museum Meetings
Prof. Francesca Baldry, NYU Florence,
Date:Friday, April 11 (FOR NYU STUDENTS ONLY)
Location: Museo Bardini
Time: 11:00 AM

La Pietra Dialogues and Middle East Now!
With Director Karima Zoubir
Date: Monday, April 14
Location: Villa Sassetti
Time: 6:00 PM

Italians of a Different Color: Sports, Citizenship and Identity
La Pietra Dialogues
Khalid Chaouki, Italian politician and journalist of Moroccan origin, member of the Partito Democratico (PD) and Mauro Valeri, sociologist Department of Equal Opportunity – UNAR
Date: Thursday, April 17
Location: Villa Sassetti
Time: 5:00 PM