Echoes of history at a Tuscan estate

New York Times

La Foce

Toscana, Val d'Orcia

The property of La Foce lies on the hills overlooking the Val d'Orcia, a beautiful and miraculously intact valley in Southern Tuscany. Midway between Florence and Rome, it is also within easy reach of Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto. Renaissance and medieval gems such as Pienza, Montepulciano, Monticchiello and Montalcino are only a few miles away.

The countryside abounds in lovely walks among woods and the characteristic crete senesi (clay hills); the food is among the best in Tuscany and famous wines such as the Vino Nobile and Brunello can be tasted in the local cellars.

The Val d’Orcia is included among the World Heritage sites of UNESCO.


    Villa La Foce with its gardens, architecture, plants, flowers in a beautiful video.

    The Villa and the Garden

    Villa Origo - La Foce - The garden

    The garden

    When Antonio and Iris Origo bought the estate of La Foce, they engaged the English architect Cecil Pinsent, who had previously done extensive work on Bernard Berenson's Villa I Tatti in Florence, to restructure the main...

    Villa Origo - La Foce (Siena)

    Villa Origo

    Villa La Foce is an Italian Historic House and its gardens are world-famous. It is available for rent either by the week or for events such as weddings and family celebrations, and is also available as a filming location.

    Iris Origo

    Iris Origo

    The wonderful - though sometimes difficult - years at La Foce are vividly described by Iris in her two autobiographical books, Images and Shadows and War in Val d'Orcia. Iris (1902-1988) was brought up between Florence...

    Our houses

    Palazzolo Bed & Breakfast


    Bed & breakfast
    Agriturismo La Foce - Montauto


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    Agriturismo La Foce - Fontalgozzo


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    Goop - Giardino La Foce

    This was once the home of Iris Origo, author of War in the Val d’Orcia (required reading if you’re going to spend any real time in the valley). Today, the spectacular palazzos, olive groves, and gardens are run by her two daughters, Donata and Benedetta...

    The New York Times - Eyewitness to Fascism

    Iris Origo's early life sounds like something out of a Henry James novel. Her father, Bayard Cutting, who came from an extremely wealthy American family, traveled the globe in search of relief from the symptoms of the tuberculosis that would kill him at age 29...

    TDN - Heaven on Hallowed Ground

    In 1944, 18 years before I was born, Iris Origo saved my life. In the literal sense, what she really did was to make my life possible. There are hundreds like me, all over Europe and America; the help she gave to my father during World War II is only one of the...

    Restaurant Dopolavoro la FoceRestaurant Dopolavoro la Foce

    Dopolavoro "La Foce"

    The ‘Dopolavoro’ was originally built in 1939 as a meeting place for the workers on the estate. Today, the restaurant serves traditional Tuscan dishes, flavored with the delicious La Foce extra-virgin olive oil and created with the best seasonal local produce.


    A Chill in the air

    Iris Origo, one of the twentieth century's great diarist, was born in England in 1902. As a child, she moved between England, Ireland, Italy and America...

    Guerra in Val d'Orcia. Diario

    A classic of the Second World War, this diary is an elegantly simple chronicle of daily life at La Foce, a Tuscan...

    The Last Attachment

    The story of Byron and Teresa Guiccioli as told in their unpublished letters and other family papers. Byron is seen...

    Bisogno di testimoniare

    Portraits of Lauro De Bosis, Ruth Draper, Gaetano Salvemini and Ignazio Silone and an essay on Biography...

    Immagini e ombre

    An autobiography, in which Iris Origo describes her childhood spent between Europe and America...

    Il mondo di San Bernardino

    Iris Origo, brilliant biographer and scholarly social historian, has re-created the life and world of a singularly attractive saint...


    A sensitive and appealing portrait of the melancholy, semi-cloistered, hunchback Italian poet whose genius...

    Il mercante di Prato. Francesco di Marco Datini (1335-1410)

    In Barbara Tuchman's opinion, this is one of the great works of historical writing in the twentieth century. "Iris Origo's success in resurrecting not only a strong personality but also his times, his town, his marriage...

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    La Foce
    Strada della Vittoria, 61
    53042 Chianciano Terme
    (Siena) - Italia

    Latitudine: 43° 1’ 27.78” N
    Longitudine: 11° 46’ 46.2” E


    Dimore storiche italiane

    Azienda Agraria La Foce di Benedetta Origo - P.I. e C.F. 00607790524
    Sito realizzato da Studio Morriconi