Villa La Pietra, Florence

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Villa La Pietra is a renaissance villa in the hills outside Florence, in Tuscany in central Italy. It was formerly the home of Arthur Acton and later of his son Harold Acton, on whose death in 1994 it was bequeathed to New York University. The villa is now home to NYU Florence.HistoryVilla La Pietra was bought and somewhat modified in the 1460s by the Florentine banker Francesco Sassetti. In 1545 or 1546 it was sold to the. The villa was given its present form in the seventeenth century by the cardinal Luigi Capponi, possibly with the assistance of Carlo Fontana. During the brief period from 1865 to 1871 when Florence was capital of the Kingdom of Italy, the villa was used as the embassy of Prussia.In 1903 Arthur Acton, an Anglo-Neapolitan art dealer, rented it after his marriage to Hortense Mitchell, the daughter of a banker from Chicago, Illinois, William Mitchell. With money from her family, the couple bought the villa in 1907.The villa contains the art collection assembled by the Actons, which reflects twentieth-century Anglo-American taste. It is used for didactic purposes by New York University. The collection includes works from the circle of Giotto, Romanesque sculptures, a relief of the Virgin and Child by Donatello, and fifteenth-century tapestries made for the de' Medici family.
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  • was very fortunate to have a tour of the inside and outside of this amazing villa. in every room there is so much to see. this was a private collection so is very well maintained. it is now part of...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • The villa is always my destination when I visit Florence . The gardens are my inspiration. T h e most beautiful Gardens and immaculately maintained of all the gardens I have visited throughout Italy. The villa's interior is a vision of beauty and timelessness. New York university has maintained the vision and passion Harold Acton and his wife Hortence created, in honoring the past as well as embracing the future with culture art and humanity. This villa should never be missed in your quest for art, culture and understanding. Florence Welborn and imm
  • Beautiful..... Call to know when there are guided tours in the Villa and the garden!!!! Inside splendid antiquarian collection of the last owners Acton..... And if you meet the gardeners you will make a culture on the Italian gardens!!! Currently home to New York University!
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