- I Tatti
The public events held at Villa I Tatti represent scholarship in action. These conferences, seminars, lectures, and concerts embody some of the qualities that define the Renaissance itself: intellectual curiosity, inventiveness, and creativity. The events provide an opportunity for scholars at the Harvard Center to share the fruits of their work with the broader community, and for Fellows to meet and interact with scholars and musicians from all over the world. Continuing the tradition of intellectual discussion which characterized I Tatti during Bernard Berenson’s lifetime, the Center strives to maintain an ambiance which encourages scholarly exchange. Much of this takes place in an informal way: at lunches and tea, or in chance encounters in the library and garden. Such exchanges are regularly supplemented by a more formal program of activities open to interested visitors. So as to keep the delicate balance between offering scholars a relaxed atmosphere with a minimum of distractions and offering the public access to the results of the Fellows’ research, the Center also organizes and collaborates on events that take place off the I Tatti estate: in Florence, on the Harvard campus, and beyond.