A Tuscan Garden

Several weeks ago, while still  away on  our annual Italian holiday , we spent an afternoon at the famous gardens of La Foce. Begun by the American heiress Iris Origo and her Italian husband during the 1920’s, they carved a stunning modern garden around a 16th century villa. The designer of the garden was a British architect, who continued to be involved with the project for many, many years. Hundreds of local citizens from an area of extreme poverty as Tuscany then was, worked on the redevelopment of the villa, outbuildings and landscape. Today La Foce offers tours of the garden, only on Wednesday afternoons. Several of the workers cottages have been restored and are available as rental apartments. So interesting to learn that a Brit was responsible for part of that iconic Tuscan landscape of zigzag roads and cypress trees!

La Foce, Montepulciano

La Foce, Montepulciano