The Giardini della Foce are a magical place that has no equal in southern Tuscany.
A shining example of an Italian garden, where the basins, hedges, fountains, benches blend perfectly with the surrounding nature, the Giardino la Foce is located within the estate of the same name, founded in 1498.
Villa La Foce was born as a hostel to host pilgrims who went to Rome along the Via Francigena. Purchased the Villa from Iris Origo and her husband at the beginning of the twentieth century, after the wedding the woman decided to live in Villa la Foce and to make that area better for the poor and peasants, with reclamation works and founding a sanctuary for children with tuberculosis . The story of Iris unfolds between the 1920s and 1930s, together with that of her garden, designed with great skill by the architect Pinsent that she had seen at work at Villa Medici in Florence.
The first garden, the lemon garden, the rose garden and the lower garden lead to appreciate the great skills of the architect, who was able to exploit the morphology of the land and set this precious place in the splendid scenery of the Val d’Orcia. The view of Mount Amiata that can be enjoyed from the terrace of the Lemon Garden leaves you astonished by the wonder: the perfect integration between human and natural landscape makes you literally speechless.