Eugenio Alphandery is the first President of the Associazione Amici delle Ville e dei Giardini Medicei (Association of Friends of the Medici Villas and Gardens). 

Founded last May, the Association strives to support and promote the recovery, conservation and valorisation of the environmental, historical and artistic heritage of the Medici Villas and Gardens which, during the 37th UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting, were proclaimed a World Heritage Site.

The prestigious UNESCO acknowledgement honours Italy and Tuscany, and testifies to the entity and quantity of the riches that surround the city of the lily.

Chaired by Mr. Alphandery, the mission of the newly born association is to promote and sponsor the twelve villas and two gardens by means of cultural events and programmes, scholarships and awards, events and conferences.