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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.

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

Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy: Caterina Sforza’s Experiments with Alchemy
Graduate Studies Seminar
Meredith Ray, Associate Professor of Italian and Italian Faculty Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Delaware
Date: Tuesday, February 3
Location: Villa La Pietra
Time: 6:00 PM

Mapping Contemporary Florence
La Pietra Dialogues – Culture
A conversation with Art historian Stefano Chiodi, moderated by Chiara Galimberti
Date: Wednesday, February 4
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Villa La Pietra

In Search of (Lost) Guests
La Pietra and NYU Celebrating 20 Years: Sir Harold’s Vision Realized
Prof. Margherita Ciacci, University of Florence and New York University Florence
Date: Thursday, February 5
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Villa La Pietra