Visitor Information

The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies opened its doors as a post-doctoral research institute in 1961.  Since it is an active research center and not a museum, Villa I Tatti is not open to the general public.  It is, however, possible for scholars, students, Harvard alumni, and other persons with ties to Harvard or with a special interest in the Renaissance to arrange a visit upon request.

Visitors tour the Villa and its collections and visit the garden; however, in order not to interrupt the scholars working there, our tours do not include the library.

Those wishing to visit the Villa and gardens should apply well in advance.  Please note that because I Tatti can accommodate no more than eight visitors at a time we cannot process requests from large groups, tours organized by commercial tour operators, or groups with children under the age of 12.

The following notes may answer some frequently asked questions:

  • Tours are conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and last approximately one and a quarter hours.
  • The villa and gardens, originally designed in the early 20th century, are set on a hillside and include multiple sets of steps and gravel paths.  There is no lift in the villa.  Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Visits are not possible during August, the first week of September, over the Christmas/New Year break or on days when I Tatti is closed.
  • Visitors may take photographs in the gardens for personal use but not for publication.  No photography is permitted inside the Villa.

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