Springtime Visit to La Foce

June 13, 2013 / Places
La Foce, Tuscany
Image 2One of the great private gardens of Italy, La Foce’s “absolutely breathtaking” and “fabulous” gardens are open every Wednesday afternoon for guided tours beginning on the hour at 3,4,5 and 6 pm (April-October, in winter at 3 pm only). Admission: 10 Euro.

In spring the beautiful wisteria arbor bursts into bloom. Also to be enjoyed are the splendid views over the Val d’Orcia and the iconic zigzag road, that links farms to the villa. It was conceived for its practicality and beauty by La Foce owner Iris Origo and architect Cecil Pinsent. You can admire the use of travertine marble throughout the garden in the fountains, pathways and sculptures.

The adjoining ristorante/bar Dopolavoro is open in summer from 9 am til 11 pm (winter 11 – 11) closed Mondays. It was once the after work meeting place for farm workers and is now a fine café and restaurant operated by one of the Origo family members.

Not to forget: La Foce’s summer music festival July 19-28 ,2013, Incontri in Terra di Sienna, with concerts in various venues, among them, Chiusi and Citta della Pieve.

La Foce is easy to find, only 4 kilometers above Chianciano Terme.. another must see spot in Italy!


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by Carolyn McConnell

Carolyn divides her time between Paciano, in Umbria. and Seattle, Washington.

6 Responses to “Springtime Visit to La Foce”

  1. Peggy Corrao

    I have been dying to go there for years and have the book. Our friends in Montalcino have all been, but for some reason Wednesdays are missing days for us.
    You have inspired me to never give up. Beautiful, and have read all of Iris Origo.
    Thank you!

  2. Anne Robichaud

    Carolyn…another wonder – si!
    I was just in Paciano the other day- for a restoration project of husband Pino.
    Wish we could have met for un caffe!

    Are you there now?

  3. Charity Moschopoulos

    Oh I would love to go. I have read Origo’s biographical books – wonderful and didn’t know that the public can visit her house and grounds. Next time I am in Italy I will try!

  4. how wonderful to hear such lovely comments about La Foce! It takes a lot of work to keep the garden looking good, but it is a labour of love too.
    By the way, we open the garden on the first weekend of every month, unless the Villa is rented, and quite often there are special tours on festa days. They are always posted on our web site, of course. So keep checking, Peggy!


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