One of the most significant features of Villa I Tatti is its community. The Fellows and Visiting Professors who arrive each year from different parts of the world are not just given the time to pursue their research, but the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with fellow scholars. At the end of the academic year, Fellows remain part of I Tatti’s community of scholars. Thus the Center is an institute made up not merely of a given year’s scholars and visiting academics, but also of members from all former years, many of whom return regularly to work in the Biblioteca Berenson. The library, household, administrative, garden, farm and security staff are a vital part of I Tatti, and the well-being of the community each year is to a great extent based on their work.