Villa La Pietra

Villa La Pietra, Florence: Address, Phone Number, Villa La Pietra Reviews: 4.5/5

Villa La Pietra
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Neighbourhood: Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the majority of the people arriving in Florence, which might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists come across the constant hustle and bustle of the station before exiting, taking a few steps and stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It is impossible not to admire the the square, housing one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The area has plenty of local spots to taste Tuscan specialties, but don’t stop in the main streets alone; the narrower side streets always ensure satisfaction. The huge Parco Delle Cascine provides a solution to the need for a green area as well as a historic welcome in the form of a bronze statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II riding a horse.

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john t
Ottawa, Canada108 contributions
stunning both inside and out
Oct 2018 • Couples
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 the new york university campus. everything from medieval to renaissance art and beyond. the gardens are stunning and an amazing view of the duomo etc. there is even a part of the garden that is used for performances. we had a fantastic guide called Martina who not only is very knowledgable about the villa but you can see she loves what she is doing. she made our tour special. we appreciated her taking the extra time with us. try and make the time to visit here. you must make a reservation first but is worth it.
Written 18 October 2018
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maryann s
17 contributions
A Villa close to Florence
May 2017 • Business
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 family who lived there would have had. Most of the art was collected by the Acton Family, but the property has a long and rich history with gardens, several buildings and the large villa. A short drive from central Florence, it's worth the time to stroll the large property for Italian gardens and great views.
Written 22 May 2017
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Elizabeth G
Tasmania, Australia3 contributions
Delightful garden
May 2017 • Solo
I ended up being the only person on my tour of the garden with a delightful guide. If your are interested in gardens (I was doing a garden tour) this is a must. I caught a cab (20 euros) then walked back to the city (about 40 minutes)
Written 18 May 2017
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nhmo
Hanover, NH80 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct 2015
This is NYU's campus in Florence. The grounds are beautiful, the artwork is eclectic at best, potentially bizarre at worst...... definitely worthy of conversation. You have to call ahead for an appointment unless you are affiliated with NYU, and even then if you want an official tour.
Written 20 May 2016
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Angela G
Baton rouge, United States197 contributions
Lovely!
Mar 2015
such a lovely place to visit. The architecture and atmosphere is filled with old world beauty and charm
Written 2 February 2016
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135intrepid
London, England13 contributions
A hidden gem on the outskirts of Florence
Jun 2015 • Friends
This is a rather unusual historic villa, restored in the early 20 th century by an Aglo-American alliance, now owned by NYU. If you want to get away from the Florence crowds, this is highly recommended. Only a short taxi-ride away (although you need to book a tour for €20), the restored Tuscan villa is set in an Italianate garden & stuffed with an eclectic collection of paintings and artefacts. The gardens were recently restored by Kim Wilkie, noted English landscape architect, and the University hosted occasional special exhibitions & plays
Written 30 June 2015
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KatherineP
Los Angeles, CA488 contributions
Just go
May 2013 • Solo
I was one of the lucky few NYU students who lived at La Pietra for a summer study abroad program 20 years ago. No, we didn't stay in La Pietra proper but rather a more modest villa on the property. The grounds are spectacular, the house and artwork unique, and it's on the way to Fiesole. So stop on the way for a treat! You have to book ahead and tours are limited.
Written 22 April 2014
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Chandolin
New York City, NY522 contributions
Walk toward Florence when you get off the bus
Oct 2012 • Couples
Villa La Pietra is well worth a visit, but be warned -- if you take the bus from Piazza San Marco to the La Pietra bus stop, walk back along the road toward Florence to find the entrance. We innocently walked in the opposite direction and spent about 45 minutes walking in the gutters of two roads, with cars whizzing by, before we accidently found the right direction.

And if you are an NYU alumnus, there is a significant discount on the entrance fee.
Written 9 December 2012
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penny_howard1
Florence, Italy274 contributions
Italy's link to Brideshead Revisited - complete with gardens stuffed with stuffed
May 2012
This Villa has to be pre-booked and the administrators need to know the names of visitors and get clearance for them to visit because this old Villa is now part of NYU and is very security concious.
The unusual name comes from the milestone at the gate, which shows that it is exactly one mile from the centre of Florence.
The Villa was bought by Anglo-American couple Harold and Hortense Acton in the days when Villa's were going for a song around Florence and the family invested a lot into re-developing a full Italian garden with parterres, a sacred wood, it's own outdoor theatre and every space filled with a statue that was probably once for sale though Harold Acton's antique trade business. The link to Brideshead comes through their second son Arthur who is reputed - though he himself disputed it - to be the model for the infamous Anthony Blanche in Evelyn Waugh's famous novel.
Written 6 July 2012
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WilliamJo
Bologna, Italy127 contributions
Villa La Pietra - A thing of beauty is a joy forever
Nov 2011 • Couples
The home of Sir Harold Acton, the British art historian who lived here for most of his life and then bequeathed his estate to New York University in 1994, this is one of the most stunning of the Florentine villas, set amid olive groves in a spectacular position only 5 km from Piazza della Signoria. The house and the grounds have been lovingly restored by NYU, right down to the vegetable garden at the side of the house. The tour guide assigned to us by Villa La Pietra (Carlotta) was extremely well informed and professional, and we spent a delightful afternoon here. The admission charge was 20 euros each, but it is well worth it. You need to book in advance as it is only open on certain days. The NYU students who spend a semester here walk up the very steep hill (Via Bolognese) but you can also get here on the bus that goes to Trespiano (bus no 25), the monumental cemetery a bit farther up the hill. Otherwise it is a short taxi ride from the city centre. Highly recommended except perhaps during the hottest summer months (July and August).
More details at: http://www.nyu.edu/global/lapietra/ e-mail: villa.lapietra@nyu.edu
Written 11 February 2012
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