This private villa can only be visited following a written request. The alley running from the entrance gate to the villa ... More
Villa La Pietra
This private villa can only be visited following a written request. The alley running from the entrance gate to the villa itself is lined with cypress trees and although the villa was built in the 16th century, it was completely renovated by the architects, Fontana and Ruggieri for the Capponi family in the 18th century. One of the villa's recent owners was Sir Harold Acton, an art historian who put together his own art collection here; it was subsequently bequeathed to an American university.
As an NYU abroad student in Florence, I go to classes in La Pietra. I walk around the house all the time (I'm like THIS with the tour guide who, like many, is an impressively knowledgable fellow student). There is not one room that won't astound you with the sheer quantity and quality of artwork. The museum, actually a villa owned by the Acton family as well as Italian families dating back to the Renaissance, is arranged in exactly the same way as it was when it was inherited by the art-collecting Acton family in the late 20th century; it is, however, a sterling example of life from the late 19th to mid-20th century.
Also, the gardens are fabulous.
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