Villa Le Balze

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Coordinates: 43°48′22.25″N 11°17′18.97″E / 43.8061806°N 11.2886028°E / 43.8061806; 11.2886028

Villa Le Balze

Villa Le Balze is a garden villa in Fiesole, Tuscany, central Italy. The Villa is owned by Georgetown University and hosts year round study abroad students. Planned in 1911 by Cecil Pinsent for American Charles Augustus Strong, it was built in a tight space along the Tuscan hills overlooking the city of Florence. "Balze" is Italian for cliffs, referring to this situation.

In December 1979, the Marquesa Margaret Rockefeller de Larrain, granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, gifted the Villa le Balze to Georgetown University.[1] Georgetown uses the Villa year-round for study abroad focused on specialized interdisciplinary study of Italian culture and civilization.[2]


  1. ^ "About the Villa". Villa le Balze. 2007-01-09. Archived from the original on 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2007-07-26.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ "Academics". Villa le Balze. 2007-06-26. Archived from the original on 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2007-07-26.  External link in |work= (help)

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