Cycling and biking in Chianti

October 14, 2017  |  Activities, Chianti Holidays, Tuscany  |  Comments Off
Cyclist at Villa le Barone Chianti

Cyclist at Villa le Barone Chianti

Tuscany, and in particular Chianti, is one of the heartlands of Italian cycling and, indeed, cycling (bicycling) is one of the best way to discover the Tuscan countryside at a relaxed pace !

Villa le Barone offers an excellent base for wonderful cycling loops, it can loan or rent bicycles for guests and will provide them with a number of detailed itineraries.

Cycling (as well as bicycling or biking) is a national sport in Tuscany, the home of Gino Bartali, the famous champion road cyclist after World War II, and everyday many cyclists are enjoying the pleasure of cycling in Chianti. They enjoy the challenging uphill climbs, the pleasant downhill runs, the superb countryside and the pleasure of having a drink in a small Italian bar! The square in Panzano in Chianti is certainly a meeting point for many of them to gather after a good uphill ride! Certainly, other cycling legends such as Christofer Froome have helped popularize the sport. In addition, the bicycles are not anymore what they were: they are much lighter, they have good brakes, the saddles are more comfortable…Cycling and biking clubs and associations have flourished in Europe as well as in the US, and we can see more and more cyclists from all parts of the world on the Chianti roads.

Biking with kids at Villa le Barone Chianti

Biking with kids at Villa le Barone Chianti

Villa le Barone is an excellent base for great Chianti circuits and we often have the pleasure of hosting cyclists. We provide possible itineraries that guests can use. We can also loan (for free) two bicycles, but we can also organize renting better ones from a specialized shop in Greve in Chianti that will deliver them in the hotel. They can even rent electric bikes! And, after their cycling performances, guests love to have a swim in our heated and salted infinity pool, enjoying a drink while admiring the magnificent Chianti hills and waiting for the superb traditional Tuscan dinner.

Discovering Tuscany in Vespa

September 1, 2017  |  Activities, Chianti Holidays, Culture and Art  |  Comments Off
Vespa's at Villa le Barone, Chianti , Tuscany

Vespa’s at Villa le Barone, Chianti , Tuscany

Discovering Tuscany in Vespa! This is a new trend! Vespa has many years of history since it was launched in 1946, and started to be produced in Pontedera, near Pisa, in Tuscany: 71 years of continuous success!

Do you wish to discover Chianti and Tuscany differently? Then, rent a Vespa (in Italian “Vespa” means “bee”) and feel like a movie star! The story of this “scooter” developed by Enrico Piaggio is amazing! In April 1946, this astonishing new, functional and innovative mode of transport was presented to the general public for the first time in a Golf Club in Rome.

Vespa was an immediate success and gained extensive media interest as well as public curiosity, surprise and also sometimes skepticism. The first sales of Vespa’s were managed through a small dealer network but developed exponentially. From the 1950s to the mid-1970s, it became a real phenomenon of society. Vespa’s became highly popular among young riders, who chose it to for being easily manageable and aesthetically pleasing.

Every year new models were developed offering significant improvements over its predecessor both in aesthetics and technical specifications. Everywhere, user clubs were formed and walks, rally and competitions were organized. The 1951 model became famous in its cinema debut in the romantic and unforgettable movie “Roman Holiday” which told the love story of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Rome, and the Vespa’s appeared in many other famous Italian movies!

Today, the Vespa has many competitors, but it remains as a myth, and we are still seeing it on many Tuscan roads. We recently organized rental of Vespa’s for a family staying at Villa le Barone, they loved the itineraries we had prepared to discover Tuscany “out of the beaten track”! They said it was an enchantment! If you are a Vespa fan, it is also possible to visit the Vespa museum in Pontedera, a city between Pisa and Panzano in Chianti, in Tuscany, where the Vespa’s were produced.

Hotel with infinity pool in Tuscany

June 16, 2017  |  Activities, Hotel  |  Comments Off
Infinity pool in Tuscany at Villa le Barone

Infinity pool in Tuscany at Villa le Barone

A hotel with an infinity pool in Tuscany, an infinity pool in travertine marble, heated and salted, a pool (in fact 2 pools!) with breathtaking views, in the middle of a garden, with roses and olive trees.

Can you imagine yourself under the Tuscan sun, on a top of a hill, swimming in a large infinity pool in travertine marble, a stone used since the ancient roman times. It has been used, in particular, in the 17th century by Bernini to build the Colonnade of St Peter square in Rome, and also by Michaelangelo for the external ribs of the dome of ST Peter. The travertine marble that we used, color “noce” (walnut), come from the Rapolano quarries.

It is a pool sanitized using a salt chlorination system, which presents many advantages, and in particular makes the pool’s water feel smooth and silky to the touch.

It is a heated pool, with a heat pomp using the heat from the earth. A sustainable technique that will allow our guests to use the pool during the whole season, including the chillier months such as April, May, and October.

It is a pool in the middle of a garden, with roses, olive trees, rosemary and other Mediterranean plants, where guests can rest on comfortable deck chairs and choose a nook which will suit them.

It is a pool with breathtaking 250° views on the Tuscan hills in Chianti, on the vineyards, on the San Leolino Romanesque church.

And in fact there are 2 pools! Under the large one, guests will find a smaller one, with a travertine bench where they can sit, and pushing a button a cascade will fall on their shoulders to massage them!

We look forward for you to experiment our infinity heated salted pool in travertine marble!

2017 Tennis with view in Chianti

March 17, 2017  |  Activities, Chianti Holidays, Hotel  |  Comments Off
Tennis with a view on Chianti hills  at Villa le Barone Tuscany

Tennis with a view on Chianti hills at Villa le Barone Tuscany

A tennis court overlooking the Chianti hills in Tuscany is what Villa le Barone offers. Do you like to play tennis? Do you like Tuscany? Then enjoy this private tennis court, exclusively reserved for the use of the hotel’s guests, with a magnificent view of the Chianti hills.

The tennis court is partially surrounded by a row of cypresses, symbol of the Tuscan countryside and is immersed in the beauty of the surrounding environment, with its vineyards, olive groves, and Mediterranean vegetation … No need to bring your tennis rackets or tennis balls: Villa Le Barone lends them for free. And after the game, go diving in the new travertine marble pool – it also has a 250° view on the Chianti hills, or take a cool beer, or enjoy a glass of Chianti. By staying at Villa le Barone you can combine sport, gastronomy and artistic discoveries!

Villa le Barone in Chianti Tuscany Tennis with a view in autumn

Villa le Barone in Chianti Tuscany Tennis with a view in autumn

Relaxation and sports in Tuscany

February 3, 2017  |  Activities, Chianti Holidays, Tuscany  |  Comments Off
Relaxation in the gardens at Villa le Barone Tuscany

Relaxation in the gardens at Villa le Barone Tuscany

Do you want to spend a relaxing holiday and enjoy the scents, perfumes, colors, views that will bring you serenity? In our Charm hotel, you will relax and discover the flavors of our natural Mediterranean cuisine, the scents of the flowers in our various gardens, the wonderful views of the Chianti hills the changing colors throughout the seasons…Relaxation and serenity guaranteed!

All of your senses are enchanted during a holiday in Chianti: the Mediterranean cuisine that our Tuscan chefs are preparing for you is made of fresh and tasty products. You will love it , as well as the Tuscan wines and in particular the Chianti Classico that we have particularly selected for you. The extra virgin olive oil that we produce in Villa le Barone and in our agricultural estate Vecchienna has such a wonderful taste, such a beautiful green color and such a perfume!

Tour our gardens, and smell the roses, which you will find in all seasons: they embalm! But you can also relax on one of the deck chair next to the lavender, or next to the jasmine that climbs on many walls, or the honeysuckle, the syringe. You will be also able to discover all the aromatic plants, like sage, thyme, basil, santoline, lemongrass…

Perfumes and views at Villa le Barone Tuscany

Perfumes and views at Villa le Barone Tuscany

And then, comfortably relaxing on our deck chairs, you can contemplate at leisure those wonderful Tuscan hills, with their changing colors throughout the seasons: light green fields in spring, gray green olive trees, yellow and red vines in autumn.

And you can also enjoy the sports that Villa le Barone offers: fitness trail, infinity pool, fitness room, tennis…
After a lovely relaxing holiday in Chianti you can start again with a lot of energy!