Discovering Tuscany in Vespa

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

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

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