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New York Times - Pasta Dreams and Flying Machines: Our Tuscan Adventure

New York Times - Pasta Dreams and Flying Machines: Our Tuscan Adventure

Last year, we had some leftover airline credit on Norwegian Airlines. On the day it was set to expire, in a panic, I asked my 4-year-old son, Holt, where we should go.

“I love pasta!” he said. “But not with red sauce.”

In retrospect, perhaps I should not have organized an entire trip around trying to prove to my 4-year-old that he did, in fact, like pasta al pomodoro;

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Dopolavoro La Foce perché nella doc Orcia si mangia meglio

Dopolavoro La Foce perché nella doc Orcia si mangia meglio

La storia comincia nel 1924 quando i Marchesi Antonio e Iris Origo acquistano l’azienda agricola La Foce in Val d’Orcia con il castello trecentesco e la villa in cui fanno realizzare un parco spettacolare dall’architetto inglese Cecil Pinsent (1927-39). Il territorio è poverissimo e gli Origo sognano di migliorare la situazione agricola e le condizioni di vita dei contadini.

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Côté Sud - Paysage engagé

Côté Sud - Paysage engagé

Au sud de Sienne, le Val D’Orcia abrite La Foce, chef-d’oeuvre d’équilibre du paysagiste anglais Cecil Ross Pinset. Un jardin associé au Dopolavoro, un restaurant où l’on déguste les produits de ce paysage.

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Echoes of History at a Tuscan Estate

Echoes of History at a Tuscan Estate

Iris Origo was a 22-year-old newlywed Anglo-American heiress — as rich, brilliant and innocent as a Henry James heroine — when she and her husband, an Italian nobleman, decided to buy La Foce. “Treeless and shrubless but for some tufts of broom,” Origo wrote in October 1923 of her first view of the rundown 3,500-acre estate southeast of Siena; it was “a lunar landscape, pale and inhuman.”

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Top 10 affordable restaurants in rural Tuscany

Top 10 affordable restaurants in rural Tuscany

The Dopolavoro was built in 1939 as a social club for workers on the Unesco-listed La Foce estate. Newly restored, with an open-plan country-chic look, a lovely big terrace at the back and views of Monte Amiata from the front, the bar and restaurant makes a good stop-off in the magnificent Val d'Orcia.

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