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La Foce
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mclean, va
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“Lives up to all the wonderful reviews”
Reviewed July 20, 2010

Totally lives up to all the reviews!! La Foce was fantastic for a rustic Tuscan vacation with our 3 small children. Staff were so kind and helpful and the grounds are beautiful. I couldn't stop staring at our marvelous view. Take the time to drive around and explore all the lovely small villages. The unexpected small things are what you will most remember-- for us, it was the sheep crossing on our way to Pienza and the large package of vanilla wafers the kids purchased for just 50 Euros in Radicofani. The labyrinth in Chiusi was super cool for the kids (and spooky for me), but be sure to check the tour times as they are infrequent. Wish we could've seen the tombs and catacombs, but we didn't time it right. Be sure to visit Osteria Aquavechia in Montepulciano for a unique dining experience and La Porta- Daria is as wonderful as all the bloggers say. Italy was hard to leave- it really is a little bit of heaven on earth.

For families with small children, I recommend staying at Chianterena (sp?) at La Foce. Pool is better for little kids and trampoline and small playground were a fun surprise for them.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed March 25, 2010

La Foce is a lovely spot and a great location for touring the area. The gardens at the main villa are exceptionally beautiful and not to be missed. The four bedroom house we rented was spotless, well maintained, and absolutely quite with lovely views. I had a few small nits: the cook we hired through La Foce was OK but not great, the staff could have been a bit more engaged and helpful, and internet service should be more available (just one computer available!)

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Boston
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47 reviews
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Reviewed November 21, 2009

We spent a week at La Foce in early November, in Tiglio at Chiarentana.

The setting is extraordinary--a beautifully kept estate in a breathtaking landscape of cultivated fields, hills topped with medieval villages, and the stunning Monte Amiata. Our apartment (for four) was spacious, well equipped for cooking and serving, and decorated in style and comfort. Service at La Foce was not warm, but very correct.

Keep in mind that the estate is large, the properties are scattered over a considerable distance, and the roads can be rough.

Within driving distance (and you will need a reliable rental car and good directions) are Pienza; Montepulciano and the amazing Renaissance church of San Biagio; Montalcino; and the abbey of Sant'Antimo. Our favorite discovery may have been Radicofani, a quiet hill-top town with an ancient church and extraordinary, newly restored works by the della Robbias.

The story of the Origo family adds a wonderful dimension to the experience of staying at La Foce--reading Iris Origo's War in Val d'Orcia or Images and Shadows lends new meaning to the history of this property and the Tuscan way of life. A visit to the family cemetery was a moving experience, in, as pointed out by an Italian friend, a place of "infinite poetry."

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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San Miguel de Allende
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Reviewed June 15, 2009

My 5 friends and I rented the Bellvedere II, one of several converted old stone buildings, in the complex of La Foce near Chianciano, Tuscany. The house has 4 bedrooms and bathrooms, with a lovely kitchen, pool, and garden. The view out to the valley is a dream. There are beautiful walks on the extended property, and charming hill towns are a short drive away.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
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Leuven
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60 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2008

We spent a week in Beco, a part of Chiarentana of the La Foce estate. The road leading to Chiarentana is terrible. It is a dirt road wich goes up and down, has big holes and it felt like we could slide of it at every moment. After this trail however we arrived at our castle. The garden is great! At night we took out a candle, a bottle of wine and just looked at the stars and enjoyed the peace. Great views and an super pool with comfy chairs.
Even a bbq is available. The interior was nice. Big and superequipped kitchen, two bathrooms with soaps and more than enough towels. No airco but the Tuscan houses don't realy need it. If you keep everything closed in the day it cools of enough at night. Mrs Isidori was very friendly and answered all our questions. She seemed to know a nice restaurant in every town. La Foce is not so centrally located. Firenze, Siena, Pisa, Lucca were all a long drive away (1,5hours minimum). But there are more than enough villages to discover nearby. Montepulciano, Bagno san filippo, Chianciano.....

  • Liked — Tha garden
  • Disliked — The road to it
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
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connecticut
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Reviewed September 10, 2008

We stayed at La Foce for a week this August. Because we had read many books by and about Iris Origo, the founder, we had a wonderful time.
We stayed in Chiarentana, a 14 c. stone building that used to house many peasant families and their animals. It is now re-done ,partly occupied by the Origo family and also contains 7 apartments. Our 2-bedroom apt. was spacious and the kitchen particularly well-appointed. Other rooms were comfortable, but dark.
The grounds were lovely (particularly a wonderful Italian-English style garden at the main villa) and staff , very helpful. The countryside is lovely (now Val d'Orcia is a World Heritage Site) and daily excursions were great.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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New Jersey
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Reviewed July 24, 2008

My husband, two children and I rented Casaccia, a house on the La Foce property, for a week this year, and can't adequately describe just how great it was. The house held 10 people, and we shared it with a couple and another family with two children. The house was spacious and beautiful, and simply furnished. The views from every window were unbelievable gorgeous--overlooking the Orcia Valley with Monte Amiata in the center of it all. The views from the pool were amazing, and the yard was very well-appointed, particularly for children, with a swing and a small playground. We opted for the first shopping, and we arrived to yogurt, pasta, sauce, wine, olive oil, bread, salami, coffee, etc., so we didn't feel the need to rush to the grocery store. The property has quite a history, and was purchased by noted Anglo-American author Iris Origo and her husband, Antonio, in 1924, and garnered attention with the publication of her well-regarded "War in Val d'Orcia," a diary she kept during the German occupation of Italy. We chose this property for our vacation since my father, an escaped POW, was one of the people mentioned in the book, and was one of the many whose lives the Origo family saved during the war. I found the Italian people and the Origos every bit as helpful and welcoming as they were to my father during the war. The benefit to renting a house on the property is that there is an office and a staff who can help you with recommendations, reservations, directions, and anything else you need. I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Tuscany; La Foce is like heaven on earth.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Property: La Foce
Address: 61, Strada della Vittoria, 53042 Chianciano Terme, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Chianciano Terme
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Ranked #7 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Chianciano Terme
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Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
La Foce Hotel Chianciano Terme

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