La Foce Garden in Val d’Orcia

The Garden of Villa La Foce is an enchanted place where elegance blends with nature and the landscape that surrounds it. A jewel set among the gentle hills of the Val d’Orcia and the rugged gullies. A magical place rich in history where you could spend hours contemplating beauty.

The Garden of Villa La Foce is located at the crossroads where the roads for Pienza, Montepulciano, Sarteano and Chianciano Terme converge. In this magical place the history of this part of Tuscany is fused with the story of a refined woman, a witness of her time, able to give posterity an enchanting garden, an example of great harmony and beauty.

The Garden

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This charming garden is located within the homonymous La Foce estate, founded in the late 1400s by the Santa Maria della Scala Hospital in Siena as a hostel for pilgrims traveling along the Via Francigena. In 1924 La Foce estate was bought by the Marquises Antonio and Iris Origo.
The marquises called the English architect Cecil Pinsent to renovate the main buildings and create a large garden designed to expand the spectacular view of the Val d’Orcia and Mount Amiata.
The first thing you notice here is the harmony between buildings, garden and nature.

Nature and Beauty

The story of Iris unfolds between the 1920s and the 1930s, together with story of her garden that was built between 1925 and 1939.
The house is surrounded by a formal Italian garden, which is divided into geometrical ‘rooms’ by box hedges with lemon trees. Travertine stairs lead to the rose garden and a winding wisteria-covered pergola bordered by lavender hedge. Gentle informal terraces climb up the hill, where cherry trees, pines and cypresses grow among wild broom, thyme and rosemary, and a long cypress avenue leads to a 17th-century stone statue. Through the wood, a path joins the garden and the family cemetery.
The story of Iris and of her garden continues through fascism, war, bombing, partisan struggles and the Nazi occupation. It may seem like the plot of a novel that you would like to hear again and again, surrounded by the beauty of the garden.

Probably this article has given you some ideas but what you have to do is go there and enjoy this wonder with your eyes and your heart.

OPENING DAYS 2019 – La Foce Garden (FROM MARCH 30TH TO NOVEMBER 3RD)

Every Wednesday afternoon: 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
Every weekend (Sat. and Sun.) and national holidays (April 22, April 25, May 1, June 2, August 15, November 1): 11:30am, 3pm, 4:30pm.
The garden will be closed for private events on the following days: May 25, June 8, 22 and 29, July 13, August 25 and 31, September 7 and 14.

ACCESS INFORMATION
Visitors tour the garden in groups accompanied by our guide. It is not necessary to book tickets in advance; the tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and is conducted in Italian and English. At the end of the tour it is not allowed to stay in the garden without the guide.

TICKETS
Adults € 10
Children under 12 accompanied by an adult free
The ticket includes the guide and can be purchased at La Foce office (in the courtyard of the Fattoria).

PRIVATE GROUP VISITS
If you wish to organise a private visit outside the public opening hours, please send a request by email to info@lafoce.com. The tour lasts about an hour and can be conducted in English, Italian, German or French.

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