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