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Tue, November 21, 2023

18:00 – 19:30

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Florence, Italy

Growing Up at Villa La Pietra

The Adventures of the Acton Boys –  A collaborative exhibition 


So self-contained did we feel behind our massive gates that we had little incentive to go to town. We spent a lot of time in the garden, the resources of which were interminable. (Acton, Memoirs, 11)


Using primary sources from the family, photographs, books, toys, costumes, the villa itself and the gardens, NYU students gained insights into the lives of the two Acton boys during their childhood at Villa La Pietra. Their research will be presented through a temporary display in the original day nursery, co-curated by the students with Francesca Baldry, Collection Manager, Villa La Pietra NYU Florence, and Lisa Cesarani, Researcher NYU Florence.

NYU Students involved: Irit LadermanInsiya Motiwala, Flynn Murtaugh, Phoebe Price, and Kayla Zur.

Special Thanks: Claudia Beyer, Cristina Fantacci, Pamela Ferrari, Fortunato Ingino, Marija Mihajlovic Bazzani, Stefano Pasolini, and Lorenzo Ricci.


As part of the “Growing Up at Villa La Pietra” project (Fall 2023/Spring 2024)