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La Foce

Closed Now: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Open today: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
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Quintessential Tuscan garden

When I visited I only toured the beautiful and inspirational garden - full of history and an... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2018
Melbourne, Australia

Very nice and famous Cyprese zig zag. You can take very nice pictures from the road opposite to the... read more

Reviewed November 10, 2018
Rome, Italy
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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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Strada della Vittoria, 61, 53042 Chianciano Terme, Italy
+39 0578 69101
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All reviews southern tuscany during wwii garden tours gardens are beautiful cypress trees landscape architect surrounding nature each morning award winning wednesday afternoon make reservations sunny day excellent tour couple of hours iris estate villa
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

When I visited I only toured the beautiful and inspirational garden - full of history and an amazing family story. There is a restaurant and accommodation within the estate but I did not have time to see either. We worth finding your way there.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 10, 2018

Very nice and famous Cyprese zig zag. You can take very nice pictures from the road opposite to the cyprese line (there is one place where you can park your car easily and take pictures). There is a nice restaurant nearby (going from Roma you...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

We visited Tuscany in October 2018 and decided to make La Foce our base and were very happy we did. La Foce was recommended in Rick Steve’s 2017 Italy book. The location is excellent – just 45 minutes away from Siena and close to Pienza,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 31, 2018

A lovely formal garden overlooking the beautiful countryside. The short guided tour is informative and interesting. Well worth a couple of hours.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

Iris and Antonio Origo bought and revived La Foce in the 1920’s and 30’s and created a wonderful estate that thrives today. The GARDENS are World famous, the views are World Heritage sites, Included in this estate is th 13rd century “Castleluccio” the original structure...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here while doing the Rick Steve's driving tour in Tuscany. Excellent location. Gardens are beautiful and the tour was interesting. Story connects to WWII. Can't beat the views!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 20, 2018

We visited on a Sunday. The tour was well organized and well priced at 10 Euros/person. Guide was very knowledgeable and well paced. A must see if you are in the area of Montepulciano, but check opening dates/times.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Brian_Palmquist
Reviewed August 28, 2018

This place is stunning. The history alone beckons you to enter. Admittedly you need to arrange to be there for one of the guided tours but it will take your break away.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

We’ve been going to this restaurant for the better part of the past three years, on a very regular basis. I can safely say that I have never had an unpleasant experience there. The food is always excellent quality, and the service is polite, respectful,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Lorenzo F
Reviewed July 19, 2018

This place is only open for tours on a Wednesday afternoon but try not to miss it if in the area. Gardens are stunning and the whole history of the place,the family ,their achievements and their goals is wonderful. One of the highlights of rural...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Lorin M
January 5, 2018|
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Response from DEFE7275 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. No you can't. it is a private house
April 26, 2015|
Response from Rebecca L |
Though this question is quite old, potential guests should know that despite paying to stay at La Foce, guests are not permitted to view the gardens except in the narrow scheduled "garden tour days and times" No flexibility... More
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Sydney, Australia
Appreciate suggestions with 4 week itinerary Tuscany/Umbria (7 Replies)
Any suggestions for changes to itinerary 4nights Venice 3 nights Florence then pick up car next 2 nights winging it maybe San Gimignano or chianti region( if I don't go to SG here I have a night later on way up to Lucca) 4 nights at La Foce (Chianciano Terme Southern Tuscany) (with car) 4 nights at Spello at a farm stay(with car) 2 nights winging it. Not sure if we should have a night at San Gimignano here(if we didn't do it earlier) then drive up to Lucca for a night then we drop car...More
February 29, 2016|
Response fromanyone2|
Your itinerary is good---there isn't much to do in Chianciano Terme or Spello, but if you have a car there are many sites nearby---do not miss Assisi, Spoleto, Perugia in Umbria---When staying in Chianciano Terme, try to visit Montepulciano.....I personally would spend more days in Florence San Gimignano is nice, but you can see the entire town in about two hours--beautiful views, but I probably wouldn't stay there for two nights. Vernazza is nice, but it is very, very touristy---your...More
BC, Canada
Transport to La Foce (13 Replies)
I'll be travelling this May and will need to go from Florence to La Foce. I will not have a car. Does anyone know the best way to reach La Foce? I've been thinking train to Chiusi, then bus or taxi. Or would going to Siena, then bus/taxi be better? Thanks for your suggestions!
April 05, 2012|
Response fromsydneynick|
I have to say that the only sensible way of getting to La Foce is by rental car. It is a speck on the map, and I doubt that there is any public transport. The closest train station where you might fairly readily find a taxi would be at Chiusi. This is some 15 km away, and the driver would want to be paid for the return journey. You could probably pick up a bus from Chiusi to Chianciano Terme, but I don't know the detail.
Quebec City, Canada
4 days South Tuscany itinerary (7 Replies)
Hi, We will be in Ripa d’Orcia for 4 nights in May and here is our itinerary. Maybe not in this order for days 2, 3 and 4. (we are there from tuesday to saturday morning) Would like to have your comments about it. We don’t want it too busy, but enjoy landscapes, stroll in little towns, … Day 1: Coming from Chiusi where we rent a car. Going to Ripa d’Orcia (agriturismo) via SS146 La Foce. Visit to Abbey Sant’Antimo and maybe San Quirico d’Orcia, and Montalcino. Day 2: Pienza,...More
March 01, 2013|
Response fromragazza377|
It seems like a bit too much to squeeze in, to me. Unless you were only listing options for each day? I understand the temptation of trying to get as much in as possible, especially since it seems like you'll be so close, but it might end up just stressing you out. If you want the time to actually enjoy some of these towns, I would cut some out and pick only the ones you decide you HAVE to see. You'll probably spend half your time driving otherwise. And don't get me wrong, these are beautiful...More