The Sagra del Tordo – Montalcino
Originally built in the 15th century as an Inn for pilgrims and merchants travelling the historical Via Francigena towards Rome. “Foce” means “opening” or “meeting place”
In 1924 La Foce was bought by Antonio and Iris Origo who engaged the English architect Cecil Pinsent to extend the buildings and develop the garden.
Iris was of Anglo-American descent and was brought up in Florence.
The gardens are absolutely superb growing gradually from 1924 to this day. Today the estate is owned by the daughters of Antonio and Iris who continue the tradition. Here are just some of the scenes of the garden
This is well worth a visit. In summer it is open on Wednesdays from 3pm every hour until 7pm and the first weekend of the month. At Euro 10 this is a real bargain.
And lunch beforehand at Doppo lavoro, an estate restaurant is highly recommended
53042 Chianciano Terme (Siena)
tel: +39 057869101
Verona is certainly a magical city with many fine architectural buildings and beautiful piazzas.
It is believed Lipari was inhabited from around 5,000 years BC. It was colonised by the Greeks in 580BC who successfully fought the Etruscans for control. The Romans took over around 250 BC and remained that way until the 9th century when the Arabs took control. The Normans conquered the Arabs in the 11th century and repopulated Lipari. Then followed various battles and occupations by the Spanish, Austrians, French amongst others before it returned to Italian rule.
The Terme di San Calogero on the west coast of Lipari Island dates back over 3,500 years. The water that flows is known for its therapeutic properties and is high in carbon dioxide, sodium chloride and magnesium and comes out of the rock at 40 degrees centigrade! Amazing!