When Anthony and Iris Origo bought the estate of the mouth called the English architect Cecil Pinsent–who had already worked extensively for Bernard Berenson at Villa I Tatti in Florence-to renovate the main buildings and create a large garden. The latter is designed to enhance the Renaissance house and expand the spectacular view over the Val d’Orcia and monte Amiata. The harmony between buildings, garden and nature makes the mouth an ideal example of architectural and cultural evolution of Tuscany in the 20th century. Â
The garden has grown gradually, between 1925 and 1939. The House is surrounded by a formal Italian garden divided into ‘ rooms ‘ by geometric box hedges, with lemon trees in pots. Travertine stairs lead to the rose garden and an Arbor covered with Wisteria and bordered by hedges of lavender. Terraced slopes climb gently up the Hill, where cherry trees, pines and cypresses grow among wild broom, thyme and Rosemary, and a long avenue of cypress trees leads to a stone statue of the 17th century. A trail through the forest and connects the garden with the family cemetery, considered one of the best creations of Pinsent.
TERMS OF VISIT
Visitors are accompanied in the visit to the garden from our guide. It is not necessary to book your visit in advance; the tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and is conducted in Italian and English. At the end of the visit is not permitted to stay in the garden without driving.
Phone: + 39 0578 69101