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The property of La Foce (bought by Antonio and Iris Origo) lies on the hills overlooking the Val d'Orcia, a beautiful and miraculously intact valley in Southern Tuscany. Midway between Florence and Rome, it is also within easy reach of Siena, Arezzo, Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto.
Renaissance and medieval gems such as Pienza, Montepulciano, Monticchiello and Montalcino are only a few miles away.

Several Farm-houses/appartments can be rented in the vicinity > check out the website above!

The countryside abounds in lovely walks among woods and the characteristic crete senesi (clay hills); the food is among the best in Tuscany and famous wines such as the vino Nobile and Brunello can be tasted in the local cellars. Cultural events - concerts, art exhibitions, garden courses - are organized in beautiful venues nearby. Surely, Tuscany's charms have been widely publicized; but La Foce is undoubtedly a place where the best of this region can be enjoyed.

Known as an important settlement from Etruscan times (a burial-place dating from the 7th century BC to the 2nd AD has been recently excavated on the property), La Foce has been continuously inhabited for many centuries. Later, its strategic position on the historicalVia Francigena leading to Rome greatly increased its significance.

The Villa itself was built in the late 15th century as a hostel for pilgrims and merchants traveling on this busy road.

La Foce has also become a center for cultural and artistic activities. Castelluccio, a medieval castle on the property, is the home of an international music festival, Incontri in Terra di Siena. It also hosts art exhibitions, as well as courses on garden history and landscaping. La Foce's farmhouses have been luxuriously restored and provide wonderful holidays in this remarkably unspoilt valley.

Phone: +39 0578 69101
Website: http://www.lafoce.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 17, 2006
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