About La Foce
La Foce is a dream come true, the place where art, history and landscape come together in the magnificent setting of the Val d’Orcia, a World Heritage Site. A beautiful Renaissance villa in Tuscany with historic gardens designed in the 1920s by Cecil Pinsent and celebrated author Iris Origo, Villa La Foce stands for the humanist ideal of harmony between man and nature. All the beautifully furnished rooms offer stunning views of one of Italy’s finest private gardens.
Behind The Brand
Your best pieces of advice for event planning?
La Foce is the perfect location to explore the Val d’Orcia, a World Heritage Site, but also the most romantic venue to host engagements, weddings, elopments, photoshoots, private events. Siena is only 1 hour away, Florence 1 and a half, Rome 2 hours, therefore the most exclusive brands can be easily accessed (clothes, jewellery, accessories) but also the best caterers in Tuscany. The renowned gardens, designed for Iris by the English architect Cecil Pinsent, are considered today to represent the ideal combination between the natural landscape and XXth-century architecture, blending Italian and English traditions and taste.
What was the spark for La Foce? Where did the story begin?
La Foce is a dream come true. When Antonio and Iris Origo bought the estate in 1924 there were just clay hills all over, a real moon landscape. They were able to transform this barren, desolated landscape into a prosperous cultivable land; this process developed also thanks to the cultural and social support to the local community, a unique example of philantropy for the time.
What inspires you creatively?
The harmony between the surrounding landscape and the human touch.
Most memorable place you’ve travelled?
Being a destination ourselves, the answer is La Foce!
On a typical weekend we’ll find you?
Absolutely yes, being the garden open to visitors on the weekends (with the exception of the wedding days, when it remains for the exclusive use of the renters).
A favorite quote?
“All that is left to me of my past life that has not faded into mist has passed through the filter, not of my mind, but of my affections. What was not warmed by them is now for me as if it had never been”. – Iris Origo, Images & Shadows.