Albarese | Parco Naturale delle Maremma


Colline Metallifere

la costa Toscana


Crete Senesi

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

Walking in the Crete Senesi



Montagnola Senese

         Walking in the Montagnola senese


Monte Amiata





          Fonti di Siena



Val d'Elsa

          San Gimignano

Val d'orcia




          San Quirico d'Orcia


          Walking in the Val d'Orcia

Val di Chiana



Valle d'Ombrone









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Villa la Foce in Chianciano Terme nella Val d'Orcia [1]


Toacana ] Galleria di immagini  

Villa La Foce, the ultimate garden of Iris Origo and Cecil Pinsent



The stunning Villa La Foce is located on a hill overlooking the Val d'Orcia, a beautiful and miraculously intact valley in Southern Tuscany. Villa La Foce was purchased by Antonio and Iris Origo in 1927. They engaged the English architect Cecil Pinsent, who had previously done extensive work on Bernard Berenson's Villa I Tatti in Florence, to restructure the main buildings and create a large garden.

The area of Val d'Orcia is a part of the agricultural landscape of Siena, which was developed and redrawn when it was made a part of the city-state in the 14th and 15th centuries. Named to UNESCO's World Heritage Site list, Val d'Orcia is famous for its representation of the Renaissance's ideal landscape and good government. Here the hills’ soft shapes melt one into another, now and then interrupted by spacious valleys of cultivated land showing off the varying colors of the seasonal crops.



Mappa Villa La Foce | Ingrandire mappa

The Pergola

A wooden pergola supports a purple flowering wisteria over a stone path

The famous winding road with cypresses


The famous cypress road that winds up a hill, one of the most photographed views of Tuscany. But they also have a story, for they were planted by Marchese and Marchesa Origo (the writer Iris Origo) as part of a scheme to improve the landscape of what was then among Italy's most desolate regions. They also, no doubt, softened the view from the masterpiece the idealistic young couple created nearby, at what had been until their arrival a wayside inn: one of the most dramatic twentieth-century gardens.

A view across the garden towards a horizon dominated by the volcanic peak of Monte Amiata. View of the formal landscaping below the belvedere in the garden at La Foce in Tuscany. The harmony between this garden and the surrounding nature makes la Foce an ideal example of Tuscany’s architectural and cultural evolution in the 20th century.

La Foce has also become a centre for cultural and artistic activities. Castelluccio (literally little castle), a mediaeval castle on the property, is the home of an international music festival, Incontri in Terra di Siena. It also hosts art exhibitions, as well as courses on garden history and landscaping.
Each summer, the cultural association La Tartaruga organizes art shows at the medieval castle Castelluccio. The curator, Plinio de Martiis (known for his important gallery in Rome) has in recent years brought the work of renowned artists such as Kounellis and Manzoni to Castelluccio, as well as promoting young, less famous artists.

Incontri in Terra di Siena
a is a chamber music festival with an eclectic programme featuring internationally-known musicians in the incomparable settings of Villa La Foce and the Val d'Orcia. Artistic Director Antonio Lysy brings together rising stars alongside world-class musicians. Based at Villa La Foce and the nearby medieval castle, Castelluccio, Incontri's aim is to spread the appreciation of music and art through concerts, meetings, and artistic events held in the many beautiful neighbouring towns that include Pienza, Radicofani, Cetona, Città della Pieve and San Quirico d'Orcia.
The Incontri in Terra di Siena is a key part of a wider initiative to sustain the area, the passion that originally drove Antonio and Iris Origo.

Incontri in Terra di Siena |





Photo album Van d'Orcia

Galleria fotografica Val d'Orcia


San Quirico d'Orcia, Capella della Madonna di Vitaleta   Cipressi e la Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta, tra Pienza and San Quirico d'Orcia  

Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta, nei pressi di San Quirico d'Orcia



Cipressi e la Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta, tra Pienza and San Quirico d'Orcia





Cipressi nella Val d'Orcia

Cipressen in de Val d'Orcia. Het verhaal van Cyparissus in Ovidius' Metamorfosen     Villa La Foce

Cipressi nella Val d'Orcia. La storia di Cyparissus nella Metamorfosi di Ovidio


  I cipressi e Villa La Foce, l'ultimo giardino di Iris Origo e Cecil Pinsent   Ingresso di Villa La Foce.
C'è un mazzo di cipressi davanti alla porta

YouTube | The beautiful garden of Villa La Foce in the Val d'Orcia, Tuscany




Villa La Foce Estate | La Foce - 61, Strada della Vittoria -53042 Chianciano Terme - Siena |

La Val d'Orcia | Alla scoperta dei tesori d'Italia

Travel guide for Tuscany | Guide for Tuscany | Val d'Orcia map



The best hiking trails in Tuscany | La Foce – Riserva Lucciola Bella – Castelluccio | 12,53 km | gpx

Trekking in Toscana | Val d'Orcia | I migliori 10 sentieri per trekking in Toscana | Anello La Foce di Chianciano – Riserva di Lucciola Bella – Palazzone – Castelluccio

I migliori 10 sentieri per trekking in Toscana | Anello La Foce to Vetriana and Monte Cetona



Pietraporciana Nature Reserve

Riserva Naturale di Pietraporciana (it) (341 ha) | View Natural Reserve in Tuscany of Pietraporciaia in a larger map

Villa La Foce on YouTube

Holiday accomodation in Tuscany

Case vacanza in Toscana | Podere Santa Pia

Colline sotto Podere Santa Pia

Podere Santa Pia


  Podere Santa Pia  
Colline sotto Podere Santa Pia

Album Van d'Orcia


  Album Crete Senesi   Album Monte Amiata

San Quirico d'Orcia - lo.tangelini   Cretesenesi panorama   Monte Amiata



#travelingintuscanySan Quirico d' Orcia, la sua valle e i suoi cipressi.



Questo articolo è basato sull'articolo Villa La Foce dell' enciclopedia Wikipedia ed è rilasciato sotto i termini della GNU Free Documentation License.