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Address: 61, Strada della Vittoria | Chianciano Terme, 53042 Siena, Italy
Phone Number: 39 0578 69101
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Description: From 1925 to 1939, an Englishman, Cecil Pinsent, restructured buildings...
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.
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2014
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Pros: Beautiful views, quiet, well-furnished house, goods beds and baths, spacious, pool Cons: Lots of insects, including scorpions in the house; long narrow rough gravel road to the house (NOT good for road bikes); very limited access to La Foce gardens which is not disclosed on website, no air conditioning, remote (1 hour to Siena and 2 hours to Florence)... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

I was very eager to see La Foce because I had read the former owner's account of the effects of WW II in the region when La Foce was used as an orphanage and commandeered as a residence by the Nazi. I had also read Iris Origo's biography and was thrilled when I found out her home, La Foce was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is a magnificent garden with a rich history. It was still early in the season, but the wisteria was in full bloom and the hills around the area are covered in wildflowers. If you are in the area on one of the days they are open - I recommend the tour. The woman that gave our tour was wonderful.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Only wish was in full bloom. Has to be one of the prettiest places in the world. Only wish our tour would have been longer!

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Multiple trips! The perfect place to view heaven. A place where every aspect of the visit was greater than the narratives and photos exhibited-----------how many places are much much better than he descriptions. Stay for weeks; visit the numerours towns in a valley designated by UNESCO for natural and cultural purity. How much better can you get. We go every... More 

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