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La Foce

61, Strada della Vittoria | Chianciano Terme, 53042 Siena, Italy
39 0578 69101
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Ranked #13 of 57 Attractions in Siena
Type: Gardens
Owner description: From 1925 to 1939, an Englishman, Cecil Pinsent, restructured buildings and created harmonious gardens on this estate. The gardens are open to the... more » Owner description: From 1925 to 1939, an Englishman, Cecil Pinsent, restructured buildings and created harmonious gardens on this estate. The gardens are open to the public and are also the setting for numerous cultural events throughout the year. « less
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MD
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We went to La Foce for a Garden Tour on a Saturday morning. Just our luck it was pouring and storming. Still the guide found umbrellas for us and the one other family and we forged ahead. When it got to bad we came in the gift shop and our guide filled us in on the history. Guide was very... More

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amiens
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Just very beautiful and serene, well worth the traveling distance, the guide was very good. Lovely restaurant just down the road.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The gardens and landscaping are very beautiful. The view from the property, overlooking the Val d'Orcia, is simply breathtaking! A must see!

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Capitola, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This villa found itself in the middle of WWII, and has a fascinating story to tell. Before you visit, I strongly suggest that you read a slim volume entitled A War Diary, by Iris Origo, who lived in the villa at the time. Thrilling! The La Foce garden tour is a MUST! It is such a peaceful and serene break... More

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Really beautiful experience made so much better by a really lovely guide who explained the history of this wonderful place with enthusiasm and sensitivity. If you are a photographer you will be in heaven!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Quite expensive for what you get (10 euro per person). But gardens are beautiful, the story behind them is fascinating and tour guide is very passioned about it. The views from above are also amazing. Also not that much to explore the villa on your own, you have to stay in a group most of time. Worth a visit.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We didn't stay here, but came to see it because I had read Iris Origo's World War II diary, "War Comes to Val d'Orcia." You can take a tour of the gardens, during which you also get the history of the site. Over the course of 17 years, Iris Origo's husband, Antonio Origo,transformed the Val d'Orcia from a barren wasteland... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Tuscany is amazing isnt it? Life, food, history, and panorama all magical...but Tuscany is not perfect without a stay at this gem...this place get your feelings and memories where it should be in Tuscany. My 40th bday was there with 18 family memebers, all at Chirentana...we never forget it, I have been there 3 times, and will never be enough.....Salute!

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Fortunate that we turned up on the day of a garden tour which was well worth the money. Beautifully designed and wonderful views over the valley. The guide was interesting but obviously dwelt on the latter history of the property and not on any older history when it was used as a stopping point for pilgrims going to Rome.

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Lincoln, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The gardens at La Foce, designed by Cecil Pinsent for Iris Origo, are well worth a visit. There are tours -- lasting about one hour -- on Wednesday afternoons. No reservations necessary.

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