Medici Villas - Complete Guide by Isabella Lapi Ballerini and Mario Scalini (in English). Edition: 2011. Size: 15.5x22.5 cm. The official guide, with artistic and historic information on the Medici family's major residences, built between the 15th and 18th centuries and embellished with the work of renowned artists, such as: Giuliano da Sangallo, Della Robbia, Giambologna, Pontormo, and Ammannati. These princely residences are tastefully furnished and decorated, surrounded by green areas that have become the paradigmatic model of the "Italian" garden. The guide, edited by Isabella Lapi Ballerini (director of the Petraia, Giardino di Castello, and Poggio a Caiano) and Mario Scalini (director of Cerreto Guidi), is top notch in terms of historical synthesis and technical-scientific reliability.