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The gardens and land are property of NYU now but have been maintained and restored to their former glory with original art, magnificent tapestries, gorgeous rooms of stately proportion as the noble family who lived there would have had. Most of the art was collected...More
I ended up being the only person on my tour of the garden with a delightful guide. If your are interested in gardens (I was doing a garden tour) this is a must. I caught a cab (20 euros) then walked back to the city...More
This is NYU's campus in Florence. The grounds are beautiful, the artwork is eclectic at best, potentially bizarre at worst...... definitely worthy of conversation. You have to call ahead for an appointment unless you are affiliated with NYU, and even then if you want an...More
This is a rather unusual historic villa, restored in the early 20 th century by an Aglo-American alliance, now owned by NYU. If you want to get away from the Florence crowds, this is highly recommended. Only a short taxi-ride away (although you need to...More
I was one of the lucky few NYU students who lived at La Pietra for a summer study abroad program 20 years ago. No, we didn't stay in La Pietra proper but rather a more modest villa on the property. The grounds are spectacular, the...More
Villa La Pietra is well worth a visit, but be warned -- if you take the bus from Piazza San Marco to the La Pietra bus stop, walk back along the road toward Florence to find the entrance. We innocently walked in the opposite direction...More
This Villa has to be pre-booked and the administrators need to know the names of visitors and get clearance for them to visit because this old Villa is now part of NYU and is very security concious.
The unusual name comes from the milestone at...More
The home of Sir Harold Acton, the British art historian who lived here for most of his life and then bequeathed his estate to New York University in 1994, this is one of the most stunning of the Florentine villas, set amid olive groves in...More
We have visited Italy many times and without doubt one of the highlights of any visit has been a guided tour of Villa La Pietra. Set in 57 acres of Olive groves and a 20 minute or 10 euro Taxi ride from the centre of...More