Covid-19 Measures

Dear Friends of Villa La Pietra,
The Villa La Pietra Acton Collection and Garden team continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. In accordance with the Italian State and the Regione Toscana recommendations, Villa La Pietra has cancelled all events. We will also continue to remain closed to the public until further notice. In the meantime, we are performing regular maintenance and conservation both in the house museum and in the garden to preserve the collections and to guarantee a safe return. While the Collection and Garden are closed you can connect with us remotely by following Villa La Pietra on Instagram; please also continue to visit our website for updates.

The Actons Going Virtual – La Pietra Decameron

The house museum and gardens remain closed but will disclose their collections and the many on-going activities, offering new possibilities of promoting cultural heritage. We need more than ever our students and our public to remain vital and connected.



The Acton Collection decorates the interior of Villa La Pietra with more than 6000 objects from a wide range of styles and media including early Italian panel paintings, Flemish tapestries, Renaissance polychrome sculptures, French dresses, Art Nouveau silver, Chinese ceramics, and Baroque furniture.

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The La Pietra Garden is one of the most celebrated in Italy. A Renaissance revival garden, it reflects the tastes of the large Anglo-American community that lived in Florence at the turn of the nineteenth century.

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Photograph Archive

The visual material in this Archive relates to the lives of the family: Hortense Mitchell (1871-1962), her husband, Arthur Acton (1873-1953), and their two sons Harold (1904-1994) and William (1906-1945).

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The Season

The Season is a summer celebration of creative collaboration and exploration conducted throughout the grounds of Villa la Pietra and its extraordinary and scenographic gardens.

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Acton Lectures

The Acton Lectures is a series of public lectures and discussions that take place during the academic year. The series has been running since 2006, and is currently organized by Prof. Larry Wolff and Prof. Perri Klass, Co-Directors, NYU Florence.

Learn more about Acton Lectures