Summer in Florence brings to mind hot days and crowds of tourists, but there is an escape from the busy city streets: nestled in the hills of via Bolognese lies Villa La Pietra and its world-renowned gardens, home to New York University’s (NYU) Florence program. It is here, in the 57-acre estate, hidden behind wrought iron gates, that The Season takes place. This annual three-week program of free cultural events brings together artists, musicians and public intellectuals from around the world. This year, The Season runs from June 17 to July 5.
Designed by the Acton family in the early twentieth century, the Renaissance-revival garden of Villa La Pietra was considered a natural extension of the house: an outdoor living room, a place for the family to gather with friends for discussion, events and enjoyment. It was with this in mind that NYU envisaged The Season. Here is a preview of the upcoming shows.
The evening of June 21 will see a lecture by British actor and director Mark Wing-Davey. Being Me, Being You will explore whether neuroscience, neurobiology and neuropsychology allow actors and audience to connect with one another.