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Chianciano Terme
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Villa La Foce

Elegant architectural gem in the Chianciano Terme countryside

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Chianciano Terme
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.
Chianciano Terme
Chianciano Terme, one of the most famous thermal bath cities in Europe, sits at the border between the Val d’Orcia and the Valdichiana, the perfect position for enjoying some of Tuscany’s best splendours. Chianciano fascinates the visitor with both its historic city center and its thermal baths – rich in mineral waters known for their therapeutic properties. ...