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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.

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Villa La Pietra in the Twenties: Fashion and Lifestyle, March 31 - May 15

A chance encounter with the Twenties lifestyle is offered through a special temporary display at Villa La Pietra. The visitor will be introduced to Hortense Mitchell Acton through thematic installations which include recently treated Callot Soeurs dresses, Perugia shoes, books, postcards, textiles, fans, and other personal objects collected in the villa. For further information and to book a guided tour, please contact or call 055 5007 210. The cost of the tour is Euro 20,00 per person, payable at the time of the tour. PDF

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

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 Tuscan Villa Estate, Healthy Living in a Sustainable Landscape 
La Pietra and NYU Celebrating 20 Years: Sir Harold’s Vision Realized
Conference organized by Nicholas Dakin-Elliot, Villa La Pietra's Horticultural Associate, and Nancy Leszczynski, Professor of Art History, NYU Florence
Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: All Day Conference
Location: Villa Sassetti

Fuori Campo, storie di rom nell'Italia di oggi 
La Pietra Dialogues - Immigration
Film Screening and Discussion with Director Sergio Panariello and Roma Activists Sead Dobreva and Demir Mustafa.Introduced by David Forgacs, Professor of Contemporary Italian Studies, NYU
Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Villa La Pietra

Il Medioevo in Viaggio (Travelling in Medieval Times) 
Museum Meetings - Insights from Eccentric Spasces
A Tour to the Exhibition with Francesca Baldry, Villa La Pietra Collection Manager
Date: Friday, April 24
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Museo Nazionale del Bargello (NYU Students only)

A Dialogue on Documentary Photography 
Graduate Studies Seminar
With Michela Palermo, Freelance Photographer and Prof. David Forgacs, Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair in Contemporary italian Studies, NYU
Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Villa La Pietra