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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

Public Humanities
La Pietra Dialogues and The Humanities Initiative NYU
How do we translate the "humanities" into Italian - or into context outside the university? Scholars from both sides of the Atlantic join together at La Pietra for two days to discuss the "human" in Humanities, as it relates to issues such as Education, Public Policy, and Human Rights
Date: 9-10 October
Time: All day conference
Location: Villa Sassetti

Collective Perspectives: Photographic Collaboration and Today's Photo Journalism
La Pietra Dialogues - Documentary Photographphy Through the Lens
Rountable with photography collectives Cesura and TerraProject
Date: Wednesday, 15 October
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Villa Sassetti

Open Week
Villa La Pietra will be opened for free guided tours of the collection and the garden, by reservation
Dates: 20 - 25 October
Time: there are different times and tours will either be in English or Italian. For more information mail or call 055 5007 210.

A Nation of Migration: Voices and Visions from Africa
La Pietra Dialogues - Black Italia
Dialogue with Senegalese-Italian writer Pap Khouma and Awam Amkpa, New York University
Date: Monday, 20 October
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Villa Sassetti

Le Meraviglie
Italian Identities as told through Cinema
Guest: Carlo Cresto-Dina, Producer
Date: Monday, 20 October
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: Spazio Alfieri, Via dell'Ulivo, 6 - Firenze