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La Foce

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Address: Strada della Vittoria, 61, 53042 Chianciano Terme, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 0578 69101
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

From 1925 to 1939, an Englishman, Cecil Pinsent, restructured buildings and...

From 1925 to 1939, an Englishman, Cecil Pinsent, restructured buildings and created harmonious gardens on this estate. The gardens are open to the public and are also the setting for numerous cultural events throughout the year.

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amazing Italian gardens in Tuscany

Beatiful gardens and Origo's villa in Southern Tuscany. Very nice and informative guided tour of about 50 minutes. Lots of history and nature! Loved the picture spots, and the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Simona A
Rome, Italy
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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I got scolded for having to use the bathroom and was told I was delaying the tour (this took about a minute total). Even though I promised to run to the loo, the tour guide reprimanded me and was quite unpleasant. The tour was rushed and there was not any time to wander the gardens. However, the grounds were beautiful... More 

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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beatiful gardens and Origo's villa in Southern Tuscany. Very nice and informative guided tour of about 50 minutes. Lots of history and nature! Loved the picture spots, and the marvellous plants. Chose a sunny day for visitng (opens on Wed., Sat. and Sun.).

Thank Simona A
Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Like many people I learned about La Foce through reading the excellent war diaries of Anglo-Irish-American writer Iris Origo and I couldn't wait to see them for the first time in 2010 - since then I have visited at least once every year and the garden never fails to delight me. Built on an inhospitable volcanic territory, between them Iris... More 

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Roseville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

I had read Iris Origo’s memoir about World War II in this area. Intrigued by her story, we went in search of La Foce. We found it late in the day, thought we saw Iris’ daughter driving through the entry. I understand they have vacation rentals now. The gardens are something to behold. We spotted the curved hillside road lined... More 

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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

We made an unplanned visit to La Foce as we made our way from Rome to Montalcino. We were fortunate to arrive on a Wednesday when they were offering garden tours. Wonderful gardens, terrific views and interesting history. Well worth the trip and short tour. Plan ahead.

2 Thank GNussen
New York
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

We are enthusiastic gardeners ourselves and wanted very much to see this place. We had to plan this twice because they are only open two days a week and even then it is timed visits three times a day. The gardens are underwhelming if you only look at the place as a garden. However, the history of the family, especially... More 

4 Thank Prepaed
Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We had the great pleasure of visiting the La Foce Gardens and what a memorable visit it was. The vision of its founders - Antonio and Iris Origo - is remarkable, as is their shared history blending Italian, American and English/Irish cultures into a rich tapestry of foresight, bravery and accomplishment. It was a rainy day, and our guide -... More 

5 Thank Leah M
West Sussex
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

This is one of the great gardens of Tuscany, and we were lucky that our host took us there, though had forgot to book a tour so we had to tag on to another. This made the party larger than idea and may be why the guide was bossy and fussy. That said, nothing could spoil the garden, the walks... More 

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Sayville, New York
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

Touring the extensive gardens and eating at their farm to table restaurant was a joy. But reading "The War in Val d'Orcia: (a journal kept by the owner during WW II) made the experience come alive. Rescuing orphans and helping stranded soldiers to heal were just two projects that kept them busy during the war. Researching the bio of Iris... More 

2 Thank Cliff and Patri... M
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

The Gardens at this villa are very well kept! Amazing place. Made my brother's wedding in July very special! Love this place! A must visit!

1 Thank Regina N

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