Echoes of history at a Tuscan estate

New York Times

La Foce

Tuscany, 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.



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Belvedere Piccolo

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La Foce - Agriturismo Belvedere Grande

Belvedere Grande

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La Nazione - Il parco più bello d'Italia è nel senese

La Nazione - Il parco più bello d'Italia è nel senese

Il migliore parco privato dello Stivale? Si trova a Chianciano. Questo è il verdetto emesso dal comitato scientifico del premio "Il Parco più bello d'Italia". Il giardino sempre impeccabile di Villa La Foce, uno dei primi biglietti da visita per chi arriva in Valdorcia...

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Le Figaro - Chez les heureux du monde

Le Figaro - Chez les heureux du monde

Non loin de Montepulciano, à quelque soixante kilomètres au sud de Sienne, face à la masse sombre d'un volcan endormi, La Foce fascine par la beauté éblouissante de ses jardins, la grandeur du paysagequi l'entoure, et l'istoire romanesque qui l'a façonnée.

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Gardens Illustrated - An Englishman's masterpiece

Gardens Illustrated - An Englishman's masterpiece

Writer Iris Origo longed for a verdant, pretty garden at La Foce in arid, windswept southern Tuscany. English landscape architect Cecil Pinsent made it a reality...

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Our history

Gardens of Villa Origo


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...

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Restaurant Dopolavoro la Foce

Dopolavoro "La Foce"

In 2012, La Foce opened its own ‘Bar-Restaurant’, Dopolavoro La Foce, at walking distance from the Villa. The ‘Dopolavoro’ was originally built in 1939 as a meeting place for the workers on the estate...

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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.

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Iris OrigoIris Origo

Iris Origo

Anglo-American biographer and historian of international fame

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, Ireland and America, until she married Antonio Origo and settled at La Foce.

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The most beautiful park in Italy 2017

Winners in the "Private Parks" category

Il dialogo tra edifici, giardino e natura pone la foce al centro di una importante testimonianza storica che riguarda l'evoluzione architettonico-culturale della Toscana del Novecento...


Images and Shadows

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

War in Val d'Orcia, An Italian War Diary 1943-1944

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...

A Need to Testify

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

The World of San Bernardino

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

Leopardi, A Study in Solitude

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

The Merchant of 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