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NYU Florence students having a close-up examination of some Art-off-the-Wall and discovering interesting information with Director Ellyn Toscano and Villa La Pietra Collection Manager Francesca Baldry, February 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

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Upcoming Events

Translating the Untranslatable: A Comparative Approach to Problems in Early Modern Literature
Graduate Studies Seminar
Prof. Jacques Lezra, Chair, Comparative Literature, New York University and Professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Comparative Literature, and Prof. Jane Tylus, Faculty Director of the Humanities Institute and Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, New York University
Date: Tuesesday, 4 November
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Villa La Pietra

Disruptive Reality: Black Africans in Renaissance Italy
La Pietra Dialogues - Black Italia
Dialogue with Historian Kate Lowe, Queen Mary, University of London
Date: Wednesday, 5 November
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Villa Sassetti