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 has recently been included among the World Heritage sites of UNESCO.
Known as an important settlement from Etruscan times (a burial-place dating from the 7th century BC to the 2nd AD has been recently excavated on the property), La Foce has been continuously inhabited for many centuries. Later, its strategic position on the historical Via Francigena leading to Rome greatly increased its significance.
The Villa itself (available for weddings, celebrations, events, family reunions etc) was built in the late 15th century as a hostel for pilgrims and merchants travelling on this busy road. In 1924 it was lived in by Antonio and Iris Origo and the Villa became full of life and a prosperous faming center.
The renowned gardens, designed for Iris by the English architect Cecil Pinsent, are considered today to represent the ideal combination between the natural landscape and XXth-century architecture, blending Italian and English traditions and taste.
Benedetta Isidori in the La Foce office will cater to all your needs, in perfect English.