La Foce

La Foce, Chianciano Terme: Hours, Address, La Foce Reviews: 4.5/5

Wednesday
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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4.5
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Dianina A
2 contributions
Great place to visit
Aug 2021
You should not miss visiting this garden! It is a wonderful place and the it's story story gives you a hint the impact of the owners had in the community. It stimulates your curiosity to find out more about who lived there. Brian779's review sums it up. Unfortunately I don't remember the name of our guide (you were the one drinking water from a bottle of wine - or at least this is what you told us ;) ). She was a wonderful story teller and we found out interesting facts about the gardens and about the region.
Written 14 September 2021
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skinnycotswolds
London, UK179 contributions
INCREDIBLE...!
Sep 2019
if you have to opportunity to visit these amazing garden ....GO!!
They are stunning and so beautifully maintained!
The topiary designs are superb...the views wonderful.
Written 26 October 2019
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palmpirate
British Columbia, Canada554 contributions
Stunningly beautiful gardens
Oct 2019 • Friends
Another must see for garden enthusiasts.
It is such a pleasure to see such a special garden so beautifully maintained. The history of the family is also fascinating.
Written 17 October 2019
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brian779
Sydney, Australia18 contributions
Unique - historic
Oct 2019 • Friends
I am fortunate enough to travel to the Val d’Orcia regularly as my partner works there occasionally. La Foce is one of my favourite places. The family that famously settled into La Foce early last century is legendary in this valley.
The gardens within La Foce are only part of the story of this place. The times, the people, the circumstances, the pain, sacrifice and death brought by an horrendous war - all contribute to the story. The gardens are just an amazing statement of the strength of the Origo family, and particularly Iris Origo.
If you plan to visit La Foce please take time to learn at least a little about this remarkable woman and her family.
I am a bit sad for Ann S who’s comments July 7 seem to miss the whole point.
If you want to see more beautiful gardens like The Loire, do so. But every historic site has its own story. La Foce offers a garden (and other attractions), that stands in its own circumstance. Historic places are not meant to be compared with each other; they exist in - and because of - their own unique place in history.
The Val d’Orcia has much to offer and La Foce is an important, historic and worthwhile example of the remarkable sites to visit.
Written 13 October 2019
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Kerry R
82 contributions
Garden visit
Jul 2019 • Friends
A wealthy Anglo-American rejects her socialite life, marries an Italian count and they embark on recuperating Tuscan farm life in a dry, unproductive region. They buy thousands of acres and when there is enough water, Iris Origo, hires a designer to make a lovely garden that takes advantage of the views of the Val D'Orcia. You can visit this lovely spot, but sadly you are limited to the hour tour. I would have liked to spend at least another hour, taking it all in at my leisure. It was lovely in mid-July, but it must be even better in spring. If you go in summer try for Wednesdays when the give tours at 5 and 6. Things are starting to cool off. We took a drive through the classic Tuscan hills, lunched in Pienza and garden at 5. Good day trip ftom Siena.
Written 19 July 2019
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Ann S
2 contributions
Not that great— overhyped by the NY Times
Jul 2019 • Family
We went to La Foce gardens during our week in Tuscany recently. I have to say— I wasn’t that impressed! I mean, it’s kind of nice, but pales in comparison to gardens in the Loire Valley or other parts of Europe. The thing that makes it less of an enjoyable visit is that they require you to see it as part of a guided tour (that lasts a little less than an hour). They don’t let you stay in the garden once your tour is over. The garden is not very big at all, but it would be nice to have the chance to roam around a bit ourselves. Really the whole thing felt like an abbreviated museum visit, and not like a garden where you should be able to roam freely. The other thing that soured us a bit is that the staff are not very friendly or accommodating, and of course the tour guide was not a native Italian. Overall we just felt that this place has been way over-hyped and is probably a real destination now because of the two fawning pieces written by the New York Times (on our tour, most of the large group were Americans and recalled the article). Save your money and your time—it’s not that great!
Written 7 July 2019
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Lynne van Veen
Sydney24 contributions
Interesting and worth the visit
Jun 2019
Lovely garden with an interesting history. Our guide was well informed and happily answered questions from our group. Well worth visiting with stunning views.
Written 28 June 2019
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Betty E
6 contributions
Nice stop!
May 2019 • Couples
Rainy cool day during our visit, but nice stop on our tour of Tuscany. Great views of the countryside. Very structured gardens and structured guided tour. I suggest reading some writings by Iris Origo before your stop--just to enhance your visit.
Written 7 June 2019
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MarthaS
Lewisburg, TN42 contributions
Wonderful gardens
May 2019
We arrived when the wisteria was in bloom, peonies were in abundance and the lemon trees had just been brought out. It couldn’t have been more lovely. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of history in addition to showing us around the gardens.
Written 11 May 2019
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eclaire2012
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
Quintessential Tuscan garden
Oct 2018 • Couples
When I visited I only toured the beautiful and inspirational garden - full of history and an amazing family story. There is a restaurant and accommodation within the estate but I did not have time to see either.
We worth finding your way there.
Written 9 December 2018
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