Green facades and green walls are trendy … and Villa le Barone follows this trend with its green facade of jasmine and Virginia creeper. It gives charm to our historic Villa, but it has also many advantages: it provides insulation, it changes with the seasons, it hosts birds and butterflies…
Many architects are now designing green buildings with green walls, green facades… Certainly at our Villa we cannot compete with them, but we have a beautiful green façade that welcomes guests, accentuating the green side of our hotel! The “Granaio” or the “Garden house”, parts of the Villa, are also covered with Virginia creeper and jasmine. And these green walls are not only aesthetic, they help insulate the Villa, preserving from the heat, therefore contributing to energy savings and furthermore absorbing greenhouses gases! They also change color with the seasons, from the light spring green to the dark summer green to the flamboyant red in autumn. In spring, the fragrance of the jasmine is a delight. And green facades also bring a soothing note: green walls allow to hear the sound of the wind in the leaves, the song of the birds, and to see the butterflies twirling… The quietness of the terrace in front of the green facade is only disturbed by the gurgle of the fountain.
Panzano in Chianti is a wonderful small village, part of Greve in Chianti, but, from there you need about 10 minutes to reach it, on an uphill road. Panzano, in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine region, is famous for its weekly Sunday market, for its ancient churches, for its wineries, for its butcher’s shop.
It is in the 12th century that the “Castle of Panzano” was built… and down through the centuries Panzano was frequently embroiled with the wars between the Siena and Florence. After the fall of the Sienese Republic, the fortifications of the castle was gradually dismantled and dwellings and a village grew up around the foot of the Castle. At the turn of of the 19th century the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo was built on the site of a former late medieval church building, and contains a few works of art salvaged from the previous construction.
Every Sunday, Panzano in Chianti hosts on its square a typical Tuscan market, where you can find almost everything! In the upper part of the village stand a butcher, “Macelleria Ceccucci”, an another one in the lower part, on the other side of the square the internationally famous Dario Cecchini who entertains his clients with glasses of wine and with “crostini”! You cannot miss it: he has painted his shop (and also the post office!) in red and white stripes. If you continue that uphill street, you will find on the right the shop of Mr Papini, who sells everything for the garden!
Most importantly a year ago, the territory of Panzano in Chianti has been recognized as a “Bio District” of organic viticultural excellence. The birth of this Biodestretto, recognized under the AIAB legislation, is the crowning of the work that, from the spring of 2005, the Union of Panzano wine growers and the Experimental Station for Sustainable Viticulture (Spevis) has made to create a large area where all the vineyards are cultivated according to the bio method. And you will be able to taste those wonderful Chianti Classico wines at the Yearly event “Vino al Vino” taking place this year 14th -17th September.
Experiencing Chianti means becoming a local citizen and immersing oneself in the sensations and emotions that this region will bring you. Visitors there are not simply tourists, they become members of a community, and they share their customs and values.
Experiencing Chianti means stopping there to understand this land of untarnished beauty in which man and nature have always collaborated. It is not possible to come for one day, just arriving in a hotel for one night and departing the following morning. Experiencing Chianti means contemplating sunrises as well as sunsets, it means exploring the region with its Romanesque churches, its small hamlets and its untouched environment. It means experiencing a life style that respect nature and the landscapes depicted in artworks that date back to a thousand years. It means discovering authentic places which have been belonging to the same family for ages, engaging discussion with local people: they love to speak about their land!
Chianti is an infinite source of flavors, rooted in an agricultural tradition, sill alive,that respects the environment. You will admire the olive trees that are producing the extra virgin olive oil that you will taste, the vineyards that are producing one of the most famous wine in the world, the Chianti Classico. and that you will also enjoy!
Experience Chianti, and you will never forget it !