A Summer Celebration of Creative Collboration and Exploration

NYU Florence is delighted to announce the 17th edition of The Season at Villa La Pietra, a summer celebration of creative collaborations conducted throughout the grounds of the 15th century villa and its extraordinary and scenographic gardens from May 11 through June 30, 2023. World-renowned actors, musicians, scholars, writers and artists will be gathered to work collaboratively across disciplines and to present a range of professional performances including classical compositions and concerts, and theatrical productions

General Program and more information


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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Opportunities for Students


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.

Learn more about The Season