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A Dialogue with Han Dongfang, Chinese Labor Activist, La Pietra Dialogues Nov 13, 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.

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

In leaving his family’s property and collection to New York University, Sir Harold Acton expressed his desire that the estate be used as a meeting place for students, faculty, and guests who may there study, teach, write and do research, and as a center for international programs. NYU accepted this exceptional gift with a commitment to this vision for the preservation, study and enjoyment of the collection and garden and the creation of an outstanding education program for its students and the public. Sir Harold Acton died in February 1994 and the first NYU students arrived in the summer of 1995. In this 20th anniversary year we honor this vision with a series of talks, exhibitions and performances. Events-in-Planning 2014/2015

Open Week - April

Villa La Pietra will be open to the public with free guided tours of the Villa and the Garden on April 18 and from April 20 to the 24th, 2015. We will begin to take reservations for these tours from the middle of March.

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Upcoming Events

The Evolving Interior of Villa La Pietra 1490 - 1810 
La Pietra and NYU Celebrating 20 years: Sir Harold's Vision Realized
Amanda Lillie, History of Art, The University of York
Date: Monday, March 30
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Villa La Pietra

Transatlantic Modernities. Villa La Pietra in the Twenties: An Exhibition of Callot Soeurs Dresses
Museum Meetingss: Insights from Eccentric Spaces - talk and lunch
On-site Talk and Lunch with Francesca Baldry, Collection Curator, Villa La Pietra
Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Villa La Pietra (Open to NYU Students and Faculty only)

Italy Seen at its Margins: Photography and Social Exclusion since 1861 
Graduate Seminar Series and La Pietra Dialogues
David Forgacs,Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair in Contemporary Italian Studies and Director of Graduate Studies, Italian Studies, New York University
Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Villa La Pietra