Villa i Tatti

Built on top of a pre-existing 11th Century building, Villa I Tatti is today the seat of the Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance studies. After changing hands several times, it was purchased by historian and art critic Bernard Berenson in 1906. In 1909 Berenson gave Cecil Pinsent and Geoffrey Scott the task of transforming the house and garden. He bequeathed the villa and its magnificent terraced garden and his collection of books, photographs and objets d’art to Harvard University to establish a centre for the study of Italian Renaissance history and art.