Students gather in a piazza to socialize.

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 in Florence and throughout Italy where people hang out and meet up. They act as the central part of each neighborhood and they 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 that run 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 so you should definitely follow their example. If you are ever bored, take a 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 to places you might not know to check out on your own.

Visit Cinque Terre National Park - Explore a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and national park

Day trip to Rome and the Cinecittà movie studios - Visit the largest and most historic film studios in Europe, Cinecittà in Rome

Carnevale in Viareggio - Annual carnival celebrations at the seaside town of Viareggio