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. 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. 

Group photo of 2020/2021 fellows in the garden

2020 / 2021 Community

The 2020 / 21 community is made up of nearly fifty scholars working on all aspects of the Italian Renaissance. 



Alina Payne is Alexander P. Misheff Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and Paul E. Geier Director of I Tatti. 



Members of staff work in the kitchen, library, administration, IT, garden, farm, and security.  

Former Appointees

By now I Tatti has welcomed over one thousand appointees from all over the world. 

Former Directors

Eight Directors have led I Tatti since the Center opened its doors to the first scholars in 1961. 


Research Associates Emeriti are vital members of the academic community.