The Florentine Villa
Architecture History Society
Routledge – 2008 – 224 pages
Scholarly and innovative with visually stunning line drawings and photographs, this volume provides readers with a compelling record of the unbroken pattern of reciprocal use and exchange between the countryside and the walled city of Florence, from the thirteenth century up to the present day.
Defying the traditional and idealized interpretation of the Florentine Villa, the author:
A contribution to the protection of the important cultural heritage of the landscape in the Florentine area and of its historic buildings, villas and gardens, this study makes engaging reading, not only for scholars and students in architecture, landscape design and social history, but also for the well informed reader interested in art, architecture and gardens.
1. Origins and Development of the Villa 2. The Ideology of Villa Life in Florentine Culture and Society 3. Typological Research and Renaissance Treatises 4. The Garden: Origin and Development 5. Villas in the Nineteenth Century 6. The Shape of the Landscape 7. The History of the Area 8. Mapping the Area. Villas in the Castello: Sesto Florentino Area. Appendix: Six Villas to Visit