Quality has a price! Services have a price!

January 13, 2018  |  Chianti Holidays, Hotel, Tuscany  |  Comments Off on Quality has a price! Services have a price!

Chianti Villa le Barone An infinity heated pool with a view

Whenever we purchase a good or a service we all have an eye on the sales price. Normal! Hotel reservations are no exception to this, but we believe that sometimes things are getting out of hand!

We are seeing more and more often hotel offers from Online Tourism Agencies (OTA’s) highlighting just the price per day or the discount rate rather than comfort, amenities, location, services rendered, food quality, … to the point that we are asking ourselves: are potential Guests buying price or are they buying what makes for a successful holiday, that is quality and services?

At Villa le Barone we have chosen a conservatively clear view: do not make compromises with “quality, beauty and comfort” and establish prices which will enable us to carry on investing for continued “quality, beauty and comfort” over the years! Do we need a special communication strategy? Do we need branding effort? Do we need strategic planning? Should we go OTA crazy? … what we need, really, is to continue making our Guests happy by welcoming them in a warm, authentic Tuscan atmosphere, offering them modern comfort in a beauteous internal and external setting and surrounding them with an attentive, not over present service.

Villa le Barone Chianti an historic Villa

Should we remind that all rooms are different, with period furniture and fresh fabrics from renowned manufacturers and that they are equipped with mini bar, air conditioning, Wi Fi and internet connection, safe, SAT TV (on free of charge request)?

Should we repeat that we are surrounded by several acres of land and rose and olive tree planted gardens where a heated, salt water, infinity pool in travertine marble as well as a smaller one to sunbathe in are a continuous temptation?

Tennis court, ping pong table, fitness centre and fitness trail are there just in case you might want to work up a very special appetite for evening dinner where three courses of different Tuscan specialties, often cooked with our own staple products, are served every night together with local Chianti wines.

Need a soft drink while at the pool? Need a whiskey before dinner? Need a Grappa after dinner? … two honor bars make you feel really at home while you pour yourself what makes you happy.

Would you really rather have a 47.79$ discount … or all of the above packaged with the friendly smile of the ladies at the Reception?
It’s for you to choose!

Chianti and Tuscany out of the beaten track, by car, cycling or hiking

January 5, 2018  |  Activities, Chianti Holidays  |  Comments Off on Chianti and Tuscany out of the beaten track, by car, cycling or hiking

Landscape between Panzano in Chianti and Villa le Barone

Do you wish to discover Chianti and Tuscany out of the beaten track? Do you wish to discover it touring with your car, cycling, or hiking? As you prefer! Villa le Barone has prepared for you six car itineraries that will take you on small roads to visit medieval and Renaissance villages, castles, churches and abbeys, and will offer to you breathtaking views on the Tuscan landscapes.

We have also prepared a number of cycling routes descriptions, and we can loan 2 mountain bikes free of charge. But you might opt to rent electric bikes, more comfortable for the hilly Chianti roads! Do you prefer hiking? Then you will also find 8 detailed itineraries of different length. We also suggest typical trattorias to stop for lunch, or we can prepare a picnic that you can enjoy in front of a magnificent panorama!

Let me describe the 7 kilometers hiking itinerary we have prepared that will bring you to a small hermitage, “San Pietro alle Stinche”. You follow the road towards the center of Panzano in Chianti, with beautiful views on olive trees and vineyards. At the intersection at 1 km, you turn right, on the dirt road indicated “Volpaia”, “San Pietro alle Stinche” . You continue on this dirt road for 1km 50, on the left you have a cypress raw, and on the right superb views on

the Chianti hills and vineyards. Along the road admire a small tabernacle as you find so many in Tuscany! Then you arrive at a cross roads with a viewpoint. On the left, you can see Greve in Chianti. If you wish to rest, there is a picnic table. Then take the road on the right towards “San Pietro alle Stinche”, and follow the road which goes slightly down for about 1km ( with views on Villa le Barone ), and finally in the forest.

Tuscany Chianti landscape

Enjoy the road sign on the left representing a happy monk! This road leads you to the Hermitage “Eremo di San Pietro alle Stinche” that you discover on the right, below, hidden in the greenery, next to a small brook (there is a small parking lot). Take the small path that leads to the entrance of the 14th century church, and admire the little fountain on the right. This is a place where you feel peace and sacredness permeating every moment. The Hermitage, founded by the charismatic figure of Father Giovanni Vannucci (1913-1984), theologian and writer, is a place of prayer, ecumenical dialogue and listening. You can push the door next to the church. It is always opened. You will be welcomed in the beautiful common room by one of the three monks who are continuing life as Father Vanucci had defined it, dedicated to prayer, meditation, work, dialogue with other religions. From this beautiful common room, you can go inside the small church, a place where you can recollect. Afterwards, you can continue on the same path where you can see some of the sculptures that Dario Cecchini has put on the way to his home. In any case you have you go back through the same road. Returning offers other beautiful viewpoints! Back in Villa le Barone, it is time to go to the infinity heated pool, and to have a nice drink!

Tuscany is not only Florence, Siena and San Gimignano, and the itineraries we provide to our guests, be it by car or by bike or hiking, will allow them to discover small Romanesque churches, ancient hamlets and medieval castles, and to soak in the wonderful Chianti scenery.

Plan your 2018 holidays in Chianti, Tuscany

December 8, 2017  |  Chianti Holidays, Tuscany  |  Comments Off on Plan your 2018 holidays in Chianti, Tuscany
Villa le Barone Chianti The infinity  pool with a view

Villa le Barone Chianti The infinity pool with a view

Why go there? Because it is the cradle of the Renaissance. Why choose Chianti? Because of its stupendous landscapes and its protected environment.

When to go? In spring, summer or autumn. Where to go? In one of the most romantic historic hotel! How to get there? By plane (there are many airports) and by car.

WHY GO TO TUSCANY NEXT YEAR?
Tuscany, with its magnificent countryside and its stupendous Renaissance cities, like Florence, is indeed a wonderful place to visit again and again. Its mild climate, relaxed pace and unspoiled nature offer a great holiday. Staying in a historic Palace in Florence or a historic Villa also adds an extra excitement to the experience.

WHY CHOOSE CHIANTI?
Chianti is located in the center of Tuscany, between Florence, Siena and San Gimignano. A series of hills, villages where time stands still, fortresses, churches and hamlets: a spectacular landscape rich not only in beauty and history but also in a unique culinary tradition that have made this region famous worldwide.

WHEN TO GO THERE?
The region, in the Mediterranean climate zone, is pleasant anytime of the year, but spring is superb with trees and flowers in full bloom, summer is the time of superb sunflowers or wheat fields, autumn, the harvest season, gives stupendous colors to the marvelous landscapes.

WHERE TO STAY?
In Villa le Barone , of course, an ecologically sound boutique charm hotel, in a protected countryside location, between Florence Sienna and San Gimignano, where you will find:

  • Beautiful gardens with stunning views of the Tuscan hills, olive trees and typical Mediterranean shrubs and flowers.
    An heated infinity pool in travertine marble.
  • Rooms individually decorated, with antique furniture and paintings.
  • Various lounges to read and relax, with superb bouquets of flowers from our cutting garden in the Villa.
  • For sport amateurs: a tennis court, free mountain bikes, fitness room and fitness trail.
  • For explorers: hiking and car itineraries to discover Chianti out of the beaten track.
  • For gourmets: Traditional Tuscan dinners prepared with fresh local fruits and vegetables (vegan are possible) served in the restaurant or on the terrace in the greenery. As well as light lunches served on the terrace in front of the Villa or near by the pool.
  • For wine amateurs: Chianti wines to taste and savor, and possibly visit of wineries.
  • A wonderful staff who will help you for you to spend wonderful holidays.

And a charging station for electric vehicles!

Villa le Barone An historic Villa in Chianti

Villa le Barone An historic Villa in Chianti

HOW TO GET THERE?
By plane to Pisa or Florence. By train from various cities in Italy, including Milan and Rome. Get around by bus, train or, better, rent a car.

It’s time to plan your trip in Tuscany and Chianti!

December 1, 2017  |  Chianti Holidays, Tuscany  |  Comments Off on It’s time to plan your trip in Tuscany and Chianti!
Chianti landscape Tuscany

Chianti landscape Tuscany

It’s time to plan your trip in Tuscany and Chianti with visits of the amazing Renaissance cities, as well as of the stupendous countryside with its picturesque hamlets and magnificent landscape. Discover Chianti out of the beaten track!

Many flights from all over the world and from all companies will bring you to the Peretola Florence airport. There are also many speed train coming from Milan, or Rome bringing you in the train station Santa Maria Novella, nearly in the center of the city. You can certainly spend a few days in Florence. There is so much to see and to do in this beautiful totally walkable city: museums, churches, palaces, gardens, and also shopping!

Chianti Peeping in Villa le Barone's lounge

Chianti Peeping in Villa le Barone’s lounge

But you also have to discover the countryside with its gorgeous landscape, its little hamlets, its small churches, and still an authentic Tuscan way of life. Italians are so welcoming! The best is to rent a car (just a little Fiat is the best!). You can follow the “Chiantigiana”, that will lead you to one of the best part of Tuscany, the Chianti. Plan a stop for two days or more in Villa le Barone, in Panzano (Greve in Chianti) , a family run charm hotel, in the middle of large gardens, in a protected environment, with a beautiful infinity pool and stupendous views on the Chianti hills. Just unpack there and cycle, hike, or visit the cities around: Castellina in Chianti, Radda, Sienna.

Villa le Barone will provide you with all the necessary itineraries, to discover Chianti out of the beaten track.
It’s time to plan your trip in Tuscany and Chianti. Book now to get the best prices!

Cycling and biking in Chianti

October 14, 2017  |  Activities, Chianti Holidays, Tuscany  |  Comments Off on Cycling and biking in Chianti
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.