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Film screening ‘Beyond these Walls’ and conversation with Elizabeth Hemmerdinger (Founder/CEO, Providence Productions), Anne De Mare (Film Director and Producer) with the Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò (Founder NYU Casa Italiana) on October 16th, 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

Good Morning Aman 
Italian Identities as Told through Cinema
Guest: Claudio Noce, Director
Date: Monday, March 2
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: Spazio Alfieri, Via dell'Olivo, 6 - Firenze

"Cara mamma, sono in Africa": Cameras, Soldiers, Empires 
La Pietra Dialogues - Black Italia
Maaza Mengiste, Ethiopian-American writer
Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Villa La Pietra

The History and Economy of the EU 
La Pietra Dialogues - The EU in Focus: What is the EU? Why does it matter?
Prof. Davide Lombardo, European University Institute, New York University Florence
Date: Thursday, March 5
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Villa Sassetti

NYU Alumni Series
Guests: Serena Guen, Suitcase Magazine; James Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A.; Beatrice Trussardi, Fondazione Trussardi. Moderated by Marco Semeghini, NYU Florence
Date: Friday, March 6
Time: 10:30 AM (Open to NYU Students only)
Location: Villa Sassetti