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Villa la Pietra

A class on campus

Villa la Pietra

Villa La Pietra is the jewel in the crown of New York University's global 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.

The Piazza - Hub of the Neighborhood

Piazzas are important public squares throughout Italy where people hang out and meet up. They are the heart of the neighborhood and usually correspond with an important monument or church. Most piazzas are always crowded with tourists and locals alike, and offer street entertainers and peddlers selling things. There are also lots of cafés along the borders of piazzas, so you can enjoy some good Italian coffee while people-watching. Italians take great pride in their piazzas and utilize them as much as possible. Follow their example: Stroll to the nearest piazza, and you are guaranteed to find something interesting to see or do.


NYU-Sponsored Excursions 

Take advantage of the NYU-sponsored trips. They are free and visit places you might not know to check out on your own.

Day trip to Lucca - Explore the finest preserved Medieval walled town in Italy

Visit Bologna - See this historic university town with a local guide

Carnivale in Viareggio - Celebrate this beloved holiday in an authentic setting