Echoes of history at a Tuscan estate

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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.

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...

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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 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...

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Our houses

Palazzolo Bed & Breakfast

Palazzolo

Bed & breakfast
Agriturismo La Foce - Belvedere Piccolo

Belvedere Piccolo

5 pax
La Foce - Agriturismo Belvedere Grande

Belvedere Grande

8 pax
Agriturismo La Foce - Fontalgozzo

Fontalgozzo

8 pax - 280 mq
Agriturismo La Foce - Montauto

Montauto

10 pax - 360 mq
Chiarentana

Chiarentana

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News

The New York Tomes - Eyewitness to Fascism

The New York Tomes - 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...

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TDN - Heaven on allowed ground

TDN - Heaven on allowed ground

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...

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The New Yorker - Not a moment too soon: Iris Origo's war diary

The New Yorker - Not a moment too soon: Iris Origo's war diary

It’s almost impossible to imagine a better time to read “A Chill in the Air: An Italian War Diary, 1939–1940,” by Iris Origo, which is being published this week by New York Review Books. And, if there ever is a better time, it won’t be one we want to live in...

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Incontri in Terra di Siena

Il parco più bello d'Italia 2017

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.

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Libri

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...

Leopardi

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

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

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