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stunning both inside and out

was very fortunate to have a tour of the inside and outside of this amazing villa. in every room... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2018
Ottawa, Canada
A Villa close to Florence

The gardens and land are property of NYU now but have been maintained and restored to their former... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
maryann s
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18 Oct 2018
“stunning both inside and out”
22 May 2017
“A Villa close to Florence”
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Via Bolognese 120, 50139, Florence, Italy
Santa Maria Novella
+39 055 500 7210
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

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....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank susan155004
Reviewed 23 May 2017

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...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank maryann s
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank Elizabeth G
Reviewed 21 May 2016

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...More

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed 2 February 2016

such a lovely place to visit. The architecture and atmosphere is filled with old world beauty and charm

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank Angela G
Reviewed 1 July 2015

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...More

Date of experience: June 2015
2  Thank 135intrepid
Reviewed 23 April 2014

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...More

Date of experience: May 2013
4  Thank KatherineHPat
Reviewed 10 December 2012

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...More

Date of experience: October 2012
2  Thank Chandolin
Reviewed 7 July 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...More

Date of experience: May 2012
5  Thank penny_howard1
Reviewed 11 February 2012

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...More

Date of experience: November 2011
2  Thank WilliamJo
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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
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