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La Pietra derives its name from a stone pillar (in Italian pietra) marking the distance of one Roman mile from the Florence city gate of San Gallo, today Piazza della Libertà. For many centuries, Villa La Pietra was the home of prominent Florentine families: the Macinghi in the 14th century; the Sassetti from 1460-1545; the Capponi from 1545-1877; and the Incontri until the 20th Century. Francesco Sassetti was a banker and a humanist connected wth Lorenzo de´Medici and his villa included an important library.

In 1903 Hortense Mitchell Acton, daughter of a prominent Chicago banking family, and her husband Arthur Acton took up residence at La Pietra, joining a thriving community of culturally passionate expatriates. They spent the next thirty years enriching their house and garden with an art collection. The Actons became immersed in a society of writers, historians, artists and art collectors.

In 1994, NYU received Villa La Pietra in a bequest from Sir Harold Acton. This generous gift, including five villas and 57 acres of gardens, ensured that the intellectual, cultural and artistic life of Villa La Pietra would be shared with future generations of students, scholars, and the wider international community. The artworks, building and garden have been officially listed as cultural heritage and fall under the protection of the Italian Ministry of Fine Arts.

 

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Via Bolognese, 120
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