Relaxation and sports in Tuscany

February 3, 2017  |  Activities, Chianti Holidays, Tuscany  |  Comments Off on Relaxation and sports in Tuscany
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!

Villa on the Ugolino golf course in Tuscany

October 4, 2016  |  Activities, Tuscany  |  Comments Off on Villa on the Ugolino golf course in Tuscany
Villa il Rough on the Ugolino golf in Tuscany

Villa il Rough on the Ugolino golf in Tuscany

Do you wish to stay in a charming Villa bordering the Ugolino golf course close to Florence in Tuscany? This is possible through Villa le Barone. Villa il Rough, recently entirely refurbished and surrounded by a large garden can accommodate 7 to 8 people.

Villa il Rough is an exceptionally charming Villa bordering the Ugolino 18 hole golf course, surrounded by a large garden, seven miles south of the centre of Florence.

The Villa was built by Duchess Franca Visconti following the design of the famous architect Tomaso Buzzi after World War 2. It has recently been entirely refurbished and can accommodate 7 to 8 people with three large bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large sitting room with a fire place, a dining room set in a small round tower covered with thatch, a fully equipped kitchen, a veranda on its southern side and a fitness room. The house is elegantly furnished with stylish fabrics and wallpapers. It has air conditioning, TV…

Villa il Rough on the Ugolino golf course in  Tuscany: the lounge

Villa il Rough on the Ugolino golf course in Tuscany: the lounge

Surrounded by a large garden, with olive trees, pine trees, oak, and many flowers, Villa Il Rough has splendid views on the hills of Chianti and the golf Ugolino, designed by British architects Blandford and Gannon.

Villa il Rough on the Ugolino golf course in tuscany Tuscany  : a bedroom

Villa il Rough on the Ugolino golf course in tuscany Tuscany : a bedroom


The Villa is ideal for golf enthusiasts who would like comfortable and stylish accommodation, as well as those seeking a tranquil base from which to discover Tuscany. Situated close to Florence, it can also suit people wish to spend a sabbatical year or a few months in the heart of the Renaissance country.
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Cycling and biking in Chianti and Tuscany

September 29, 2015  |  Activities, Chianti Holidays  |  Comments Off on Cycling and biking in Chianti and Tuscany
Villa le Barone: cycling  in Chianti

Villa le Barone: cycling in Chianti

Tuscany and Chianti are ideal locations for cycling and biking fans. Villa le Barone, a countryside hotel in the heart of Chianti, is the perfect base from which to explore this marvelous region, its beautiful hamlets and small cities, following the cycling and biking itineraries we have prepared for our guests.

Cycling fans, be they amateurs, experts or professionals, be they road cyclists, bikers or mountain cyclists, will love Tuscany and Chianti. Located between the provinces of Florence and Siena, the Chianti Region has always been considered the heart of Tuscany. An eventful history and a winemaking tradition that dates back to the thirteenth century have made this gorgeous area an ideal place for unusual biking or cycling journeys through vineyards, hills and small typical villages.

Road cycling is very popular in Tuscany, a hilly territory: the roads are often winding and steep, which gives one the occasion to stop, admire the wonderful landscape, take a picture, or visit one of the small hamlets along the road. It is also wonderful, after a climb, to engage in a magnificent slope… Also, nowadays, electric bikes can be of significant help! There are plenty of road cycling possibilities around Villa le Barone close to Greve in Chianti and we have prepared itineraries for our cycling guests. We can also rent for them nice bikes of different types that will be delivered at the hotel.

"l'Eroica": a race on dirt roads in Chianti

“l’Eroica”: a race on dirt roads in Chianti

Mountain biking, through gravelly roads and trails, will take you to remote and quiet places of the Chianti region, enabling you to enjoy the beautiful Tuscan scenery, with its vineyards, olive groves and wonderful “podere” (farmhouse). Villa le Barone has two mountain bikes that it loans free of charge and mountain bikes itineraries going for example through Volpaia or Lamole are also available.

Each year, Chianti is the home of many cycling events, in particular the famous Eroica, the amateur race on Chianti’ s dirt roads which is known all over the world. And on 15th may 2016, the 99th “Giro d’Italia” will go from Radda in Chianti to Greve in Chianti, passing through Panzano, very close to Villa le Barone!

After a good bike ride on roads or on trails, you will be happy to relax and drink a good glass of Chianti in the refined, comfortable and elegant atmosphere of Hotel Villa le Barone, a countryside historic hotel member of “Abitare la Storia” and “Historic Hotels of Europe” …
Happy road cycling and biking in Tuscany!

Tennis and swimming pool in Tuscany

August 24, 2015  |  Activities, Hotel  |  Comments Off on Tennis and swimming pool in Tuscany
Tennis with a view a Villa le Barone in Tuscany

Tennis with a view a Villa le Barone in Tuscany

Enjoying a tennis court and a swimming pool in a hotel in Tuscany, as well as taking advantage of many other opportunities for sports, is what Villa Barone, in Panzano in Chianti, offers you, in addition to many other pleasures: gastronomy, photography, painting, reading …

Playing tennis on a court with a wonderful view on the Chianti hills in Tuscany, then diving into the pool which boasts equally wonderful sights and then relaxing in one of the sun loungers by the pool or continuing exercising by following a well balanced fitness trail, is what you can do at Villa le Barone! You can bring your tennis rackets and your balls, but we can also lend them to you.

Swimming pool with a view at Villa le Barone in Tuscany

Swimming pool with a view at Villa le Barone in Tuscany

There are still many other possibilities for sports while enjoying beautiful landscapes: using the small gym (also with a view!), following the 15 stops fitness path across the property, walking or biking following the itineraries specially prepared for our Guests, golf on a beautiful course 20 minutes away from the Villa… and there also is the ping-pong table!
But staying at Villa le Barone offers one many other pleasures like relaxing and reading quietly in one of the comfortable lounges or in a hidden corner of the garden, doing photography or painting, sightseeing extensively to discover the works of art this open-air museum that is Italy… And then, there are the many pleasures of the table offered at Hotel Villa le Barone, well deserved after a busy day swimming in the pool, playing tennis and practicing many other sports.

Opera in Greve in Chianti

April 3, 2015  |  Activities, Culture and Art  |  Comments Off on Opera in Greve in Chianti

Natasha Nelson with Ricardo Herrera during Daniel Ferro Vocal Program

The Daniel Ferro Vocal Program will be held in Greve in Chianti during the summer. There will be also an Opera Festival in June, with the Connecticut Lyric Opera! The whole Chianti area will be resonating with opera arias!

The Daniel Ferro Vocal program principally consists of a specialist course for lyrics vocalists, personally run by the famous Maestro Daniel Ferro, a teacher at the prestigious Julliard music school in New York. An international team of teachers and collaborators willing to offer up their knowledge and experience are coming with him. Daniel Ferro has been described by countless students as a magic teacher, and his ability to instruct singers has been described as a rare gift by those who have been fortunate enough to work with him. He also helped create inspired teachers out of singers.
During the three weeks’ master classes, the students have the opportunity to perform in wonderful locations in the Greve in Chianti  area, such as the Castello di Verrazzano, the Castello di Vicchio Maggio, Greve’s main square and the Pieve di San Leolino, next to Villa le Barone.

Anyone who is interested and enthusiastic about opera and lyric music can come along and enjoy the performances, whether they are locals or tourists visiting Chianti, an area so abundant in history and culture and with a wonderfully inspiring countryside.

View of the San Leolino's church from Villa le Barone's gardens

As Daniel Ferro says “As a young man, I was privileged to spend many years living and studying in Italy and performing throughout Europe. Italy has had an enormous influence on my vocal and artistic development and upon my career as a performer and teacher. My goal is to share the benefit of my years of research and experience with artists in this  vocal program in Greve in Chianti ».

But this is not all: from June 14th to July 3rd the Connecticut Lyric Opera will perform fully staged operas  at the occasion of the Greve Opera Festival. Puccini, Rossini, Mozart, are on the program.

Our historic hotel Villa le Barone is proud to host during their stay in Greve in Chianti many teachers taking part in the master classes, as well as participants and their families. Many of our guests, opera lovers, will be happy to attend  performances given in Greve in Chianti and in other nearby superb locations !