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La Foce

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Address: 61, Strada della Vittoria, 53042 Chianciano Terme, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0578 69101
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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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It’s historical and beautiful

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Roseville, California
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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

This is one of the most interesting places and fascinating "stories" in southern Tuscany. In three visits we experienced three distinct but complementary narrations of this marvelous estate. The gardens by Pinsent are of course justifiably famous ("better than Versailles" we heard someone say--though the comparison is a bit off). But their story is even more compelling--as those who have... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

If you're looking for the best Tuscan scenery, this is probably the best. Difficult to find, both from the North (Bagno Vignoni) or from the South (Radicofani), you must try to find "La Foce" direction and you'll get it. The famous alignment of Tuscan cypresses are perfectly shown here. Absolutely recommendable

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is a great place with an interesting history. Guides are great and provide an interesting history of La Foce, particularly its role during World War II. the drive there is great with spectacular views. A must see.

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