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Villa La Foce

Elegant architectural gem in the Chianciano Terme countryside

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Once a tavern, Villa La Foce was purchased by the Origo family in 1927. Marquise Iris Origo commissioned the garden’s design to the famed landscape artist Cecil Pinsent with the intention of making it into an artistic setting. The garden is divided into three sections created between 1927 and 1939. The section adjacent to the villa is set on two levels; its lower part is characterized by laurel bushes and decorated with pedestals hosting lemon trees. The higher part of the garden boasts octagonal flower beds and a travertine fountain depicting two fish. On the bowers, you’ll see stone columns loaded with wisteria; opposite you’ll find a plant-filled grotto.

From this first section, you can follow a narrow passageway into the lemon garden founded in 1933. It is characterized by transversal terraces boasting a classic design that support a symmetrical axis. Guests will enjoy the garden’s roses; nearby, you’ll find a staircase that leads to another wisteria-lined passageway that will lead you to an avenue of cypress trees, ending up in the forest. The villa’s last garden, created in 1938, is connected to the lemon garden by means of a dramatic travertine staircase. Under the staircase, you’ll find a series of ornate vases, obelisks and a pillared balustrade that leads into the center of a grotto called the ‘Grotta azzurra’ or ‘Blue grotto’. Inside, there are seven niches. Surrounded by cypress trees, this formal garden has many boxwood flower beds. Alongside the nearby forest, there’s a small cemetery hosting a small travertine chapel.
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The area in which the Chianciano thermal spa has been developed is surrounded by wooded hills, which are free from serious pollution problems and as such undoubtedly provide the best safeguard for the ecological and hydrological system of the area, which is rich in water with highly curative properties. ...
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