A highlight of our stay in San Quirico d’Orcia was a visit to the wonderful gardens of La foce. Despite the overcast weather, the hour long tour was wonderful; both informative and fascinating and I felt the recent history of the Val d-Orcia come to life.
Villa La Foce is found in the crete senesi (clay hills of Sienna) overlooking the Val d'Orcia, in southern Tuscany. La Foce has been continuously inhabited for many centuries and being situated on the Via Francigena increased its significance. The Villa itself was built in the late 15 C as a hospice for pilgrims and merchants traveling on the via Francigena.
In 1924 the property was bought by Antonio Origo and his Anglo-American wife Iris, the daughter of Lady Sybil Cutting, the owner of Villa Medici at Fiesole where Iris Origo spent much or her early life. They dedicated their lives to bringing prosperity and cultural and social changes to this formerly poverty-stricken area of the Val d'Orcia. Years of work were devoted to preparing the difficult terrain for modern agriculture. The gardens and estate of La Foce constitute one of the most important and best kept early twentieth-century gardens in Italy.
Amid 3,500 acres of farmland in the countryside near Pienza, with sweeping views of the Tuscan landscape, La Foce was the childhood dream garden of Iris Origo. Passionate about the order and symmetry of Florentine gardens, she and her husband employed the talented English architect and family friend Cecil Pinsent, who had designed the gardens at Villa Medici, to reawaken the natural magic of the property. Pinsent designed the structure of simple, elegant, box-edged beds and green enclosures that give shape to the Origos' shrubs, perennials and vines, and created a garden of soaring cypress walks, native cyclamen, lawns and wildflower meadows.
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snunney (106393) 2014-06-03 7:31
The threatening purple toned sky makes a superb contrast with the lush verdant tones of the well manicured greenery. I like the symmetrical framing and the feeling of depth as we move from one layer to the next of this cleverly composed image. The lovely foreground reflections are the cherry on top. Clarity is excellent.
Nicou (150892) 2014-06-03 7:47
quelle iamge merveilleux quel jardin tout vert sueprbe et ce dessin et le plan d'eau c'est sueprbe les haies sont aillées au millimètre sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-06-03 8:05
another beautifully composed image with excellent dof and lovely vibrant green of the garden. I really liked the way the architecture in the distance echoes the shape of the pool in the foreground. The sharpness and details are great as always.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
lousat (97487) 2014-06-03 9:39
Hi Rosemary,the staircase on background is made in the same style of my last post,very interesting corner,i never been there and your capture is very interesting and very well done,great detail,colors and reflections on the water in a very good symmetry,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
cornejo (46680) 2014-06-03 10:17
Hi Rosemary, very good photograph of this beautiful and interesting composition with the beautiful garden and the interesting staircase in the background, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Noel_Byrne (33584) 2014-06-03 10:35
normally when we see these fine gardens they are associated with greed and royalty and those who had everything so how cool to read here that the people who created this were true philanthropists. They have left a lovely legacy, these gardens look immaculate and the greens are so green! A leprechaun would envy these tones :)
I don't think the cloudy sky is a negative either, it looks wonderful above this scene, and has beautiful mauves and purples through it,
thanks as always
mesutilgim (97474) 2014-06-03 12:11
Nice capture of this beautiful garden in Motepılciano taken with good pov. Very good layout and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
chrislo (4097) 2014-06-03 12:42
Very fine view of these beautiful gardens. Your POV gives it a symmetry which enhances this photograph. I find the composition here very pleasant, full of rich yet cool colours. Lots to see in this image also ; the pond is well positioned and the bridge is reflected well. The soft pastel purple sky also lends a lovely hue to the scene. Good sharpness and diffused light. Well done.
carlo62 (54854) 2014-06-03 14:33
non sono mai stato qui e me ne dispiace, sono troppi i luoghi da vedere e poco il tempo a disposizione.
Mi fa piacere sapere che sei rimasta contenta del tuo viaggio e dei luoghi che hai visitato.
Questa è una bella foto, come dici tu, non c'era un cielo adeguato, ma il risultato è molto bello ugualmente.
photoray (13981) 2014-06-03 16:02
Based upon your fine view of Villa La Foce gardens, the grand outside staircase with fountain, then reflected in the foreground pool, immaculate landscaping, I am ready to visit.
Thanks for sharing,
delpeoples (59772) 2014-06-03 18:39
I wrote a long critique of this lovely photo, but it has disappeared into the ether. Anyway, a stunning photo, with beautiful chromatic rendering and symmetry. The reflections in the FG pond are delightful and I love the stonework in the BG. Italians really know how to do a garden, as do the Brits, but in a slightly different way. Stunning work, thanks for sharing
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-03 23:28
Jolie vision de ces étonnants jardins de la villa La Foce que tu nous présentes bien dans ta note.
papagolf21 (109124) 2014-06-03 23:47
Une image qui fait mouche sur le lecteur par la beauté rendue à travers cette composition.
Le choix du cadrage est pertinent.
La réussite est bien présente.
dekanski (6002) 2014-06-04 4:14
Last summer I visited this part of Italy, unfortunately I did not get to La Foca, but here is your beautiful photos!
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-04 5:40
this place look amazing! Love the organic symmetry and the shades of green here are blazing. A well chosen POV that gives us a real idea of the setting and classical architecture too. Eye-catching shot!
HimalAnda (10671) 2014-06-04 11:29
This is a nice garden, very peaceful.
Your picture is nice too, with a good composition.
The colors are maybe too much saturated, especially the greens.
emka (106570) 2014-06-05 3:28
Hello Rosemary, Amazing that they inhabit such places for centuries the same family. Wonderful Italian garden with small architecture. Excellent presentation, I like symmetry, some reflections and superb sharpness. All looks natural as if I was there in reality.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Sergiom (88141) 2014-06-05 5:46
J'ai eu le plaisir de visiter cet endroit il y a déjà quelques années. Sienne est une très belle ville ainsi que Montepulciano.Le point de vue derrière le bassin est impeccable et les couleurs sont joliment saturées.
macjake (72427) 2014-06-18 3:37
Siena is certainly one of those cities i'd like to have explored a little more, but you only have so much time.
I never went to these gardens, they look beautiful indeed.
as for the little pond in the fg, its an odd shape for a pond, in fact its the first time I've ever seen one in this shape. Makes me wonder if there's any signifigance to it.
its a lively photo with vibrant colors. Surprised there aren't more people walking about, or perhaps you just waited for a quiet moment.
thanks for this one