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Address: 61, Strada della Vittoria, 53042 Chianciano Terme, 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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Historic and beautiful estate, with wonderful gardens. Great for Iris Origo fans.

This is well worth the visit for anyone interested in historic estates and wonderful gardens, but it is much more interesting if you know something about Iris Origo and her... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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New York City, New York
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This is well worth the visit for anyone interested in historic estates and wonderful gardens, but it is much more interesting if you know something about Iris Origo and her fascinating life and work. I highly recommend reading her war diary, _The War in Val D'Orcia_, at least, but also her autobiography, _Images and Shadows_, as a way to bring... More 

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Porlock, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

An interesting and beautiful garden in a previously barren location. It's history is interesting and the guide takes you through the gardens and story making this a very worthwhile visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Guided tour only. A beautiful 'English' garden in the heart of southern Tuscany. Designed by an English architect, Cecil Pincent, the guide tells you the history of the gardens and the Val d'Orcia while you look at the beautiful gardens. The views across the valley include the famous one with the road lined with cypresses snaking back and forth to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

we were having a tour of tuscany and we were in Chianciano direction to Radicofani..we had some sandwiches here..not so many things to eat..maybe it was late..anyway everything was good..

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Truly wonderful gardens with amazing history. Visiting times are only on a Wednesday, so check opening hours before you go.

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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This is a very special place. The gardens are magnificent - we were there in May when the wisteria was out. Visits can only be done with a guide and our guide was well-informed and knowledgeable. The story behind the estate is in itself worth reading about. The views over the val d'orcia are superb. In short, this is one... More 

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Encinitas,
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

What a magnificent treat to see the villa and gardens. One can just feel the significance of this estate during the second world war as one stands in the gardens. Despite the fact that the gardens are beautiful it is even more impressive to consider their role in history. Iris Origo's book "War in the Val D'Orca" is a fine... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We learned about La Foce almost by accident, having struck up a conversation with the owner of a restaurant in Pienza---she recommended it. While the gardens and setting were impressive, what stuck with us is the story of the Origo family who own the Villa, and specifically the part La Foce played during WWII. Iris Origo's diary "War in the... More 

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Pittsburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The gardens are wonderful. The story behind them and the villa is even better. Before you visit, read Iris Origo's "War in the Val d'Orcia (available on Amazon) to understand what this place meant to Italian partisans threatened by German troops as WWII wound down in Italy. It will make your visit all the more enjoyable.

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is a lovely place to visit and I also recommend reading the book " War in val d'orcia" the diary of Iris Origo who lived here durning WWII. It is an amazing story of courage and the hardships of the Italian people in this area.

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